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Political Parties Say They Are Working Toward Agreement

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, file photo.
Negotiators for the ruling party and opposition say they are preparing for a summit to settle their differences over election reforms, following meetings this week with a team of Japanese development experts.

Officials from the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party say they will still push for election reforms, a recall election and more media equity, particularly with radio and television licenses.

Rescue Party President Sam Rainsy spoke on the phone with Cabinet Minister Sar Kheng, as a step toward agreement, CPP lawmaker Cheam Yiep told VOA Khmer.

They spoke to “prepare topics and programs for a future summit,” he said.

However, Sam Rainsy and Hun Sen have spoken before and been unable to bridge the gap between parties that has led to a prolonged political deadlock.