Opposition Leader Sam Rainsy Says EU Pressure Over Trade Status Will Further His Goals

The European Union on Tuesday completed a preliminary report on the temporary suspension of trade privileges with Cambodia in response to democratic rollbacks by Prime Minister Hun Sen, drawing support from opposition leader Sam Rainsy, who said the bloc’s position could further his goals for the country.

In a statement, the European Commission (EC) said it had sent to Cambodian authorities the report which outlines the findings of an investigation launched in February under the procedure for a possible temporary withdrawal of trade preferences under the Everything But Arms (EBA) arrangement, which allows Cambodian goods tariff-free entry into the EU market.

While the EC did not outline the report’s findings, the investigation was prompted by what the EC has said are ongoing human rights and labor rights concerns in Cambodia that the government must demonstrate “real and credible improvement” on in order to avoid withdrawal of EBA preferences.

In full: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/cambodia/pressure-11122019171147.html

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