History was created by the European Parliament on September 13. For the time since the United Nations’ peacekeeping mission known as UNTAC (United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia), the Parliament passed a 13-point resolution aimed at according tougher actions against Cambodia and its rulers similar to those imposed by the US government.
The resolutions will help to reassure skeptics of the relevance of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords and in the process have established a precedent in accordance with the application of international law. The EU Parliament noted that Cambodia’s “decision to dissolve the CNRP [Cambodia National Rescue Party] was a significant step towards the creation of an authoritarian state; whereas the political structure of Cambodia can no longer be considered a democracy [emphasis added].”
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