Detained Opposition Chief Calls For ‘Genuine Reconciliation’ in Cambodia on Eve of New Year

The leader of Cambodia’s now-dissolved opposition party called for “genuine reconciliation” amid a political stalemate in the Southeast Asian nation in a message he delivered on the eve of the new year from his home in Phnom Penh, where he is being held in detention ahead of a trial for “treason.”

Kem Sokha, president of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), said in a post to his Facebook page on Monday that he hopes all Cambodians can “attain real peace and progress in accordance with democratic principles, starting with genuine reconciliation” in 2019, and that his countrymen refrain from viewing one another “as enemies.”

“I also wish the new year to begin with a new chapter of history marking the eradication of two forms of chronic and epidemic diseases: oppression, intimidation and violence; and hatred and resentfulness—especially in the form of labeling, insulting and defaming one another.”

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