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Hun Sen Claims Political Negotiations Close to Complete

  • Kong Sothanarith
  • VOA Khmer

From left to right seated in front row, Cambodian National Assembly President Heng Samrin, Senate President Chea Sim, Prime Minister Hun Sen, and his wife Bun Rany attend an event by the ruling Cambodian People's Party marking the 35th anniversary of the 1979 downfall of the Khmer Rouge regime at Koh Pich, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.

From left to right seated in front row, Cambodian National Assembly President Heng Samrin, Senate President Chea Sim, Prime Minister Hun Sen, and his wife Bun Rany attend an event by the ruling Cambodian People's Party marking the 35th anniversary of the 1979 downfall of the Khmer Rouge regime at Koh Pich, in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.

Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday said political negotiations with the opposition are nearing an end.

“There is one point left to deal with,” he told graduating students at a ceremony on Phnom Penh, referring to the make-up of the National Election Committee.

But that’s a major sticking point with the opposition. The NEC is widely viewed as biased toward Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party.

And it remains unclear whether indeed all negotiation points are agreed on except that one.

Negotiations between both sides seeking an end to months of political impasse ended March 24 without full resolution of issues, though both sides say they are still open to talks.

Sam Rainsy, president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party, told VOA Khmer that talks could resume soon.
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