Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday repeated a warning that Cambodia’s political opposition will be extinguished if the E.U. suspends duty-free trade, because the bloc will no longer have enough sway in the country to protect the party.
Hun Sen spoke at a graduation ceremony in Phnom Penh and discussed the E.U.’s “Everything But Arms” (EBA) agreement, which grants Cambodia duty-free trade access. The E.U. embarked on a review in February to potentially suspend the scheme over political and human rights concerns.
Cambodia’s reply to those concerns — including over the dissolution of the main opposition CNRP in 2017 — is due on Thursday.