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Political Parties Say They Are Working Toward Agreement

  • Kong Sothanarith
  • VOA Khmer

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, left, shakes hands with opposition party leader Sam Rainsy, right, after a meeting, as Sar Kheng, center, deputy prime minister, looks on at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh, file photo.

Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, left, shakes hands with opposition party leader Sam Rainsy, right, after a meeting, as Sar Kheng, center, deputy prime minister, looks on at the National Assembly in Phnom Penh, file photo.

Negotiators for the ruling party and opposition say they are preparing for a summit to settle their differences over election reforms, following meetings this week with a team of Japanese development experts.

Officials from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party say they will still push for election reforms, a recall election and more media equity, particularly with radio and television licenses.

Rescue Party President Sam Rainsy spoke on the phone with Cabinet Minister Sar Kheng, as a step toward agreement, CPP lawmaker Cheam Yiep told VOA Khmer.

They spoke to “prepare topics and programs for a future summit,” he said.

However, Sam Rainsy and Hun Sen have spoken before and been unable to bridge the gap between parties that has led to a prolonged political deadlock.
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