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Mr. Kem Sokha met with Mr. Jacques PELLET, Ambassador of the French Republic to the Kingdom of Cambodia at the French Embassy in Phnom Penh on April 21, 2022. (Facebook Mr. Kem Sokha)

Some independent policy experts see bilateral meetings with Western diplomats as unlikely to help much of the leader’s political stalemate. Opposition parties have stated they will not run in the by-elections.

Kem Sokha’s official Facebook page posted this Friday about the bilateral meeting with the French Ambassador on April 21 at the French Embassy in Phnom Penh. Cambodia. During this meeting, Mr. Kem Sokha spoke candidly about the political situation, human rights issues, the stalemate, and his long trial in court.

For policy experts, however, opposition leaders’ recent meetings with Western countries do not seem to be helping. There is not much to untie the political crisis for Cambodia now. 

Political science professor Em Sovannara considers the meeting between Kem Sokha and a representative of the French Embassy to be no different from any other meeting with other Western diplomats.

He sees the results as fruitful for a political solution that could pave the way for Kem Sokha to re-enter the political arena. It is not easy. However, the frequent presence of the West, policy expert Em Sovannara considers it a reflection of support. Pro-democracy supporters continue to support what the opposition leader is doing in the right way.

“In a sense, it is still pro-democracy,” he said. It is a position that it is valued that Mr. Kem Sokha has not been charged with any crime that violates any democratic principles. This we see from the support of the West. “And also a spirit of urging the competent authorities of the government to turn to solve this problem because the West continues to support and interest.”

“In a sense, it is still pro-democracy,” he said. It is a position that it is valued that Mr. Kem Sokha has not been charged with any crime that violates any democratic principles. This we see from the support of the West. “And also a spirit of urging the competent authorities of the government to turn to solve this problem because the West continues to support and interest.”

“If we consider the impact of the meetings of all the diplomats on the case of Kem Sokha, I think there is no sign that it has helped much,” he said. “It’s just that this is a moral and diplomatic demonstration. And all of that influence can have no positive or negative effect on the decisions of the government or the courts.” .

Mr. Kem Sokha was arrested by the Phnom Penh authorities in early September 2017 at his home all night, even though he still has immunity. After his arrest, he was charged by the Phnom Penh Municipal Court with “peace” or conspiracy with a foreign state to overthrow the government. It has been four years since the arrest of the main opposition leader.

In a bilateral meeting with representatives of the French Embassy on April 21, both sides spoke openly about political and human rights issues. Through an official letter from French Ambassador Jacques Pellet, he expressed concern over the length of the ongoing trial. The court hand today.

The President of the Democratic Institute of Cambodia, Dr. Pa Chanroeun, believes that the meeting of opposition leaders with representatives of the West will not help resolve the political stalemate. .

He sees that the escalation of this political crisis will continue and Kem Sokha’s character will not be able to do as much as before 2 years. 0 17 that too. The political crisis that this democratic expert sees as possible only if the government opens its mind and returns to the path of democracy. Only then can there be some way.

“In fact, in resolving the political crisis in Cambodia in the case of the CNRP, there are three major ones, the first is the government, the second is the officials or the supporters of the party,” he said. The CNRP itself and the third is the international community.

The Co-Lawyers for the Defendants have vowed that they will soon issue an invitation to the countries involved in the charges to testify in The hearing is on the list of indictments of the government lawyers, although the hearing is subject to change. According to Ang Udom’s lawyer, pushing the situation toward such a goal means showing his client the innocence of the charges.

By kao186

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