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US Dispels Rumors It Acted to Pressure Hun Sen's Ouster

A US Embassy spokesman said Thursday there was no truth to reports that Prime Minister Hun Sen is under pressure from Western countries to step down.

The embassy was reacting to a speak made by Hun Sen yesterday in which the prime minister himself debunked rumors of pressure and accused the Norodom Ranariddh Party of spreading them in order to coerce him to step down.

The rumors, published in small newspapers, inferred US collusion with Vietnamese authorities to force Hun Sen's ouster. NRP officials denied involvement, and the US Embassy spokesman said there were "absolutely no truth" to the reports.