EU trade action on Cambodia looms after unsuccessful talks

Brussels is threatening to end preferential terms over poor human rights record.

Cambodia is moving closer to losing its preferential trade terms with the European Union after the bloc’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Friday that talks with Cambodian leader Hun Sen failed to assuage the EU’s human rights concerns.

Speaking at the close of the Asia-Europe Summit in Brussels, Mogherini said she had met with Hun Sen on Thursday evening and had raised Europe’s worries about the rapid deterioration of human rights in the Southeast Asian nation, including a steady erosion of the main opposition party.

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