Prime Minister Hun Sen on Saturday told former Irish premier Enda Kenny, still a member of the EU nation’s parliament, that the 28-nation bloc should not make a “third mistake” regarding Cambodia by using the preferential Everything But Arms (EBA) agreement to “take 16 million Cambodians hostage”.
Hun Sen’s comments came as the EU considers withdrawing Cambodia’s EBA access after Western allegations of a reversing of democracy after the Supreme Court dissolved the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), and claims of human rights violations and the restriction of civil society freedoms.
The Cambodian government has rejected the claims, saying the Kingdom respects human rights and is firmly on the path of multiparty democracy.
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