The CPP and opposition CNRP on Tuesday said they had made progress toward breaking the country’s political stalemate over July’s disputed national election, but offered no details on what was achieved during the second straight day of talks.
After another three hours behind closed doors at the National Assembly, CNRP spokesman Yim Sovann said his party had still not abandoned its threat to boycott the Assembly’s opening session on Monday unless the CPP agrees to an independent investigation into election-day irregularities.
“We still have five days to make the decision,” Mr. Sovann told reporters.
He said some progress had been made, however.
“The outcome is [we] seek to understand each other, what both sides want, and we [have] come closer to the solution to the problem,” Mr. Sovann said. “And we express our opinions, we tell each other about our objective to reform the national institutions. But I think that [there are] so many problems since long time ago, so we need time to discuss.”
Mr. Sovann was reticent about divulging just what institutions and what reforms the parties had made progress on.
“I don’t know,” Mr. Sovann said when pressed for details. “But we have the step to do, step one, step two, step three.”
He was more expansive after the first round of negotiations wrapped up between the two parties on Monday afternoon, when he said they had agreed to set up a bipartisan committee to discuss a range of electoral reforms, from the composition of the National Election Committee to amending some key laws.
The CPP’s Prak Sokhon, a secretary of state at the Council of Ministers, said the two parties were moving close to a deal but also declined to elaborate Tuesday.
“Both party leaders are starting to have a very close mutual understanding,” he said. “We have discussed a lot of points and problems that I can’t explain now because we need to wait for the result.”
Mr. Sokhon said each party now had to deliberate on what they discussed among themselves before returning to the negotiating table soon.
“Although we have not yet reached 100 percent compromise, we have agreed on some points,” he said.