Cambodia has asked the European Union to send observers to monitor next year’s general election.
Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry announced the move to the media yesterday after a meeting between Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn and Werner Langen, head of a delegation from the European parliament.
Mr Sounry said the meeting was intended to boost ties between Cambodia and the EU, while both sides discussed and exchanged their views on political development.
“During the meeting, the Foreign Minister said he would welcome the European Union to observe the national election in 2018,” Mr Sounry said.
In response, Mr Werner said EU observers would monitor the election as requested.
The National Election Committee has already received $7.8 million from the EU to support the elections.
Mr Sounry said Cambodian officials used the meeting to thank the EU for helping the NEC with financial and technical assistance.
The general election will take place on July 29.
The EU is one of Cambodia’s largest trading partners, taking more than 40 percent of exports destined for Europe.
Cambodia falls under the EU’s “Everything but Arms” initiative for least developed nations, ensuring preferential treatment for Cambodian exports, and is also the biggest aid donor, with more than $400 million slated for the kingdom from 2014 to 2020.