Cambodia’s government on Wednesday dismissed a bill written by a bipartisan group of U.S. lawmakers last week to “support the successful implementation of the 1991 Paris Peace Agreement” that ended civil war in Cambodia and established the Southeast Asian nation as a fledgling democracy.
On May 14, senators Lindsey Graham, Dick Durban and Marco Rubio introduced the bill, known as the “Cambodia Accountability and Return on Investment Act of 2019,” which says that Congress will not authorize funds to assist Cambodia’s government unless it immediately release opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) president Kem Sokha from de facto house arrest.
Kem Sokha was arrested for “treason” in September 2017, and two months later the Supreme Court banned the CNRP for its role in his alleged plot to topple the government.
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