Opposition leader Sam Rainsy has sent a letter to former
king Norodom Sihanouk requesting his help in resolving "serious
problems" within and outside of the country.
The continuing border standoff over Preah Vihear temple and
an impending deadlock between the ruling party and the opposition over the next
administration are both damaging the country, Sam Rainsy told reporters
The former king's past involvement in winning Cambodian
ownership of Preah Vihear temple and reputation for reconciliation were both
reasons for the request, Sam Rainsy said.
Then-king Sihanouk helped devise a power-sharing deal
between the Cambodian People's Party and Funcinpec following a political
deadlock after the 1993 elections. He also helped negotiate a coalition between
the two governments following elections in 1998 and a CPP putsch in 1997.
CPP lawmaker Cheam Yiep said Wednesday the former monarch
will not resolve the problem. It was up to the government to resolve, he said.
If the Sam Rainsy and Human Rights parties do not
participate, "it is up to them," he said, but the CPP would continue
with the formation of a new government at a swearing-in ceremony Sept. 24.
"We have a government that is able to solve the
problem, so we must have confidence in the government," he said.