Anniversary of Paris Peace Accord Muted as Democracy Assailed in Cambodia

The anniversary of the Paris Peace Accord, which set Cambodia on a course towards democracy 27 years ago, was met with little celebration Tuesday, as both the government and nongovernmental groups reevaluated the meaning of the agreement in the wake of an election widely deemed unfree and unfair.

The Paris Peace Agreements ended war between Vietnam and Cambodia on Oct. 23, 1991 and led to the United Nation’s administration of Cambodia’s government while the country transitioned to a system of democratic elections.

While the government and NGOs have celebrated the anniversary in the past, both sides have questioned the meaning of the accord amid a months-long crackdown initiated by Prime Minister Hun Sen on the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) that led to its dissolution and a resounding win by his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) in a July 29 ballot.

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