Top EU Envoy Urges Cambodia to Open Political Space With Two Months to Go on Trade Decision

Josep Borrell, the High Representative of the European Union, has called on Cambodia to take “immediate action” to reinstate democratic freedoms with less than two months remaining until the bloc decides whether to suspend the Southeast Asian nation’s tariff-free access to its markets.

Borrell, who is also the Vice President of the European Commission—the EU’s executive branch—spoke Sunday with Cambodian Minister of Foreign Affairs Prak Sokhonn, as part of several bilateral meetings with Asian counterparts on the margins of the 14th Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) ministerial in Madrid, the European External Action Service said in a statement.

“The High Representative reiterated the importance of Cambodian authorities taking immediate action to open the political space in the country, to establish the necessary conditions for a credible, democratic opposition and to initiate a process of national reconciliation through genuine and inclusive dialogue,” the statement said.

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