National Assembly spokesman Chheang Vun has lashed out at Mr Sam Rainsy for forging his identity in order to attend and to deliver a speech at the 141st Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) in the Serbian capital of Belgrade.
Speaking to reporters at Phnom Penh International Airport today after returning from Serbia, Mr Vun, said that Rainsy’s name was removed from the list of those who were due to speak at the IPU Assembly from Monday to Thursday after a request from the Cambodian delegation.
“It was shameful for Mr Sam Rainsy because he forged his identity to register at IPU and asked to deliver a speech,” he said. “However, after a request was made by our delegation, the IPU heads revoked his invitation and banned him from giving a speech.”
On Monday Khuon Sudary, the second deputy president of the Cambodian National Assembly, sent letters to Maja Gojkovic, the president of the Serbian National Assembly, and IPU president Gabriela Cuevas Barron.
Ms Sudary called for Mr Rainsy, who has been convicted by the courts of Cambodia in several cases, to be banned from taking part and delivering a speech, as it would be against the rules, principles and spirit of the IPU.
Mr Vun noted that Mr Rainsy has manipulated his supporters on social media by posting videos where he stood outside the IPU’s meeting hall and pretended that he had serious talks with many senior officials of other countries.
“He lied to his supporters that he was welcomed warmly by others. In fact, not many people cared about him. It was shameful for him and it was a victory for us to deliver messages on behalf of the country,” he said.