Hun Sen Rejects Speculation Cambodia Could Lose UN Seat

Hun Sen said recently that Cambodia was sovereign and independent and would not bow to international pressure over its rights record.

Phnom Penh – Prime Minister Hun Sen has rejected criticism of his government’s legitimacy and speculation that Cambodia’s seat at the United Nations could be suspended over the country’s move to one-party politics.

During a meeting with factory workers in Kampong Speu province on Wednesday, he said that Cambodia was sovereign and independent and would not bow to international pressure over its rights record.

“Cambodia is a sovereign state … please do not be confused. I want to stress that Cambodia will hold commune elections in 2022 and a national election in 2023,” he said, adding that the international community should not wait for the “resurrection of the dead,” a reference to the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party.

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