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US told not to meddle in Kingdom’s internal affairs after Embassy issues Kem Sokha video

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The Foreign Affairs Ministry has called on the United States to respect the Kingdom’s laws, saying that it should not meddle in Cambodia’s internal affairs. The ministry’s reaction follows a video clip released by the US embassy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday in which US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus called for treason charges against former opposition leader Kem Sokha to be dropped.

 

In the video, Ms Ortagus said that the government has not yet tried Mr Sokha or produced any credible evidence to back up its claims, which were used to dissolve the CNRP and also remove more than 5,000 elected commune councillors from office.

 

“Such action undermined multi-party democracy, which was enshrined in the Cambodian constitution,” she said. “The United States again calls on the Cambodian government to drop all charges against Kem Sokha and restore his civil and political rights, and free all those arbitrarily detained.”

Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Ket Sophann responded to the video in a statement on Tuesday night, noting that Mr Sokha was already released from jail on bail in September 2018 for humanitarian reasons and remains in the comfort of his home with his family.

 

read more https://www.khmertimeskh.com/50642431/us-told-not-to-meddle-in-kingdoms-internal-affairs/

 

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maybe they are still trying to make amends for PolPot?

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