Khek Vandy Issues Formal Apology to Hun Sen

Funcinpec lawmaker Khek Vandy has officially apologized to Prime Minister Hun Sen, after the premier accused him of trying to drive a wedge between King Noro­dom Sihamoni and the ruling CPP, officials said Sunday.

Khek Vandy wrote a letter of apology to Hun Sen on Friday, though he cannot recall exactly what it was he said to King Siha­moni that so angered the premier last week, Funcinpec’s First Deputy President Lu Laysreng said.

“Khek Vandy said he is old and he cannot remember what he has said,” said Lu Laysreng, who is also minister of rural development. “Hun Sen has accepted Khek Vandy’s apology. The issue has been solved.”

Hun Sen on Wednesday ac­cused Khek Vandy of telling King Siha­moni that CPP leaders were unhappy with him for listening to his father, retired King Norodom Siha­nouk. Hun Sen said the King had informed him of Khek Vandy’s comments, and he demanded that the lawmaker apologize.

Hun Sen added that Khek Van­dy should not flee the country, but stay in Cambo­dia and clear up the problem.

Khek Vandy did not apologize to King Sihamoni as the issue concerned Hun Sen and himself alone, Lu Laysreng said.

Lu Laysreng declined to provide a copy of the letter, or say exactly what Khek Vandy apologized for.

Khek Vandy, who is in his 70s, did not answer repeated phone calls seeking comment.

Prince Sisowath Thomico said Hun Sen may be using the incident to depict the CPP as a pro-monarchy party—which is not the case, he added.

Information Minister and government spokesman Khieu Kanharith confirmed that Hun Sen had received the letter, and said that he did not have enough information to comment further.



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