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No Further Negotiations Scheduled for Dueling Parties

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, Cambodia, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013.
No further talks between the ruling party and the opposition have been planned, officials said Monday.

The two sides are trying to negotiate election reforms in a bid to break though a political impasse in place since July 2013 elections.

The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party held a mass rally at its headquarters on Sunday, blocked from the public gathering space of Freedom Park by a major police presence.

Chheang Von, a lawmaker for the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, said no new meetings have been planned “yet.”

The opposition continues to call for meaningful reform to the election process, including within the National Election Committee, following elections last year it says were marred by fraud.