Hun Sen returns from New York

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Prime Minister Hun Sen returns to Phnom Penh from New York. AKP

Prime Minister Hun Sen wrapped up his trip to the UN General Assembly by highlighting recent government achievements and results of bilateral talks with various world leaders on social media.

On Facebook, Mr Hun Sen yesterday said his mission to the UN over the weekend was a success, thanking supporters who followed his updates during the assembly in New York.

“I thank Cambodians living in the US and Canada who spent their time and money to visit me,” Mr Hun Sen said. “I will remember the laughs, smiles, and I will miss you all. I promise we will meet again.”

Mr Hun Sen and other senior government officials arrived in Phnom Penh yesterday evening as Kao Kim Hourn, Minister Attached to the Prime Minister, held a press conference.

Mr Kim Hourn said that Mr Hun Sen gave a speech in front of the General Assembly, had bilateral meetings with world leaders and made decisions on mutual cooperation while in New York.

“The trip was a big success of international diplomacy. Prime Minister Hun Sen was able to deliver his speech at the UN in less than a month after forming the new government,” he said. “Most importantly, the meeting with UN secretary-general António Guterres was a resounding success.”

Interior Minister Sar Kheng greets Prime Minister Hun Sen. AKP

CPP spokesman Sok Eysan yesterday slammed former opposition leader Sam Rainsy as a sham for failing to keep a promise to lead a demonstration in New York.

Mr Eysan called those who protested an ineffective minority group dissuading Cambodians overseas from supporting Mr Hun Sen.

“Cambodia’s seat at the UN has been occupied by the government. All the talk about human rights violations and the decline of democracy directed by the [former] opposition was not questioned at all during the assembly,” he said.

Mr Rainsy said last week that he would personally lead a protest, but rescinded his decision on Wednesday.

Rhona Smith, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Cambodia, on Wednesday told the UN Human Rights Council that the dissolution of the CNRP and the banning of its senior members from politics called into question the genuineness of the national election in July.

Ms Smith said the government should make a concerted effort to improve human rights and create a more favourable political environment.

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