National Assembly spokesman Leng Penglong has lashed out at former opposition leader Sam Rainsy for his attendance at the General Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Geneva, saying that he violated Cambodia’s independence and sovereignty.
Mr Penglong said the National Assembly’s second vice president Khuon Sodary and her delegation were invited by IPU president Gabriela Cuevas Barron to attend the General Assembly from Sunday to Thursday, while Mr Rainsy was not on the invitation list.
The 139th meeting of the IPU is being held in Switzerland to promote peace and development in the age of innovation and technological change, and Ms Sodary was due to deliver a speech at the meeting.
Meanwhile, Mr Rainsy claimed on Facebook that he was invited by the IPU to attend the General Assembly. He has lived in exile since 2015 after being hit with slew of court cases, including by Prime Minister Hun Sen who accused him of defamation.
Mr Rainsy said that he is now in Geneva to monitor the IPU and that he has met with IPU leaders to inform them about the situation in Cambodia. He branded the government illegitimate.
CPP spokesman Sok Eysan yesterday issued a statement condemning Mr Rainsy’s attendance as a violation of Cambodia’s democratic rights, independence, and sovereignty.
“Sam Rainsy has no right to attend international forums. He does not represent Cambodian people. Rainsy is just a traitor and wanderer, and a foreigners’ puppet,” Mr Eysan said.
According to Mr Penglong, the Cambodian delegation will send a formal complaint to the IPU regarding the presence of Mr Rainsy.