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PM to Yash Ghai: Not in a Thousand Years

Prime Minister Hun Sen lashed out at UN rights envoy Yash Ghai again Monday, saying the premier would not meet with the special representative if they were both in Cambodia for a thousand more years.

Ghai is expected to hand an unflattering rights report to the UN next month, in which the government is accused of systematic abuse, according to the Ministry of Interior.

Hun Sen said at a bridge inauguration in Takeo province Monday the report was a reflection of the UN's desire to stay in the country, not reality.

"But this is what they say, and [Yash Ghai] comes from a country that is violating human rights too," Hun Sen said. "You come to our country and you are not received. You put in a request to meet, you come, you stay 1,000 more years, and if I live 1,000 more years, I still will not meet you. You have your own rights, and I have my own rights."