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Noodle gathering is not related to political talk: Hun Sen

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Prime Minister Hun Sen, speaking at the graduation ceremony in Phnom Penh today. KT/ Khem Sovannara

Prime Minister Hun Sen today dismissed a notion that the CPP will use Khmer noodles gathering across the Kingdom on Sunday in a move to lead to “political negotiation” with the dissolved CNRP.

Mr Hun Sen’s reaction came after some political analysts believed that the CPP’s Khmer noodle gathering on Sunday was aimed at easing political tension between their local level officials and the supporters of the former CNRP.

Speaking at the graduation ceremony in Phnom Penh today, Mr Hun Sen said that no political negotiation would ever materialise between the CPP and the dissolved CNRP.

“Please do not use this issue to be related with other thing besides eating Khmer noodles because someone said that it was a step to lead to a political negotiation.” Mr Hun Sen said. “Please don’t be confused. It is only for unity of the people by eating noodles together on June 9.”

The Khmer noodle gathering was announced last week. Mr Hun Sen invited former opposition party members to eat noodles with his CPP officials and supporters in a show of solidarity following criticism from some former CNRP officials who were questioned last month by a provincial court for allegedly violating a Supreme Court decision dissolving the party.

Former opposition leader Sam Rainsy on Tuesday appealed to his supporters to eat noodles with their “neighbours” happily.

“Please all of you invite our neighbours to eat Khmer noodles together. If they invite us to eat with them, just go ahead happily in brotherhood because we all are Khmer, one large family,” Mr Rainsy said.

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