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Interview With Prince Norodom Ranariddh On Political Stance

In an interview from Malaysia with VOA Khmer, royalist FUNCINPEC party's President Prince Norodom Ranariddh says that he wants to continue his party's alliance with Prime Minister Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party (CPP) to make it better despite some issues between him and Mr. Hun Sen in March.

He says that Mr. Hun Sen is willing to have a better relation with him, thus he asks FUNCINPEC's General Secretary and deputy Prime Minister Nhek Bun Chhay to arrange for his return.

In a telephone conversation with Mr. Hun Sen, the prince says that Mr. Hun Sen wants to strengthen their friendship.

Prince Ranariddh says that he asks Mr. Hun Sen not to change or remove his party members' positions without informing him first as in the past. He says that now the priority is for his party members to be united and work together to strengthen the party's principles for 2008 election, to have his party members' and the people's trust.

Prince Ranariddh says that he will not resume his position as National Assembly's President. He also says that he has no personal conflict with opposition party leader Sam Rainsy who wrote a letter to him about his defamation charges against the prince. He says that he puts this behind him.

The Prince says that upon his return he will conduct a meeting with his party members to find a political goal for internal reforms, and that the party members want to make amendments and review the charter.

Prince Ranariddh says he will form a technical committee task force to study those reforms. He says that he suffers the wound caused by what happened in March 2006, while between 2003-04 after the election, he has helped Prime Minister Hun Sen end serious political crisis.