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PM unruffled by EU Parliament’s call for sanctions

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The Prime Minister at the award ceremony for Cambodia’s Southeast Asian Games gold medalists KT/Yeun Punlue

Prime Minister Hun Sen presided over Friday’s award ceremony for Cambodia’s Southeast Asian Games gold medalists at the Peace Palace.  He used this opportunity to state that he is unconcerned about the European Parliament (EP) asking for sanctions against Cambodian officials.

On Thursday the EP officially demanded that the European Commission and the European External Action Service restrict the issuance of visas to Cambodian officials and to freeze their assets.  It also wants a review of the human rights clauses of the Everything But Arms agreement to see if it a temporary suspension of said agreement is possible.

The Prime Minister said that some exiled Cambodian politicians want to encourage the EU to punish the CPP, and he wants them to stop. “I do not threaten them, I appeal to them: please stop this quickly.

“I do not hide cash abroad like some bad people do,” Mr Hun Sen said in his Facebook page, “If foreign countries want to freeze the accounts of leaders of CPP or other government officials, let them do it.”  He assumes that American and European heads of state will refrain

Chum Sounry, spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that until now neither trade nor visa restrictions have been imposed upon the Kingdom.

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