Cambodia crisis: Hun Sen’s CPP urges Opposition to return to negotiation table

Cambodia crisis: Hun Sen’s CPP urges Opposition to return to negotiation table
A wounded Cambodian worker (C) is given aid during clash with military police during a garment workers' protest to demand higher wages in front of a factory in Phnom Penh on January 3, 2014. C

PHNOM PENH - Cambodian People's Party (CPP) urged the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party to return to the negotiation table after the CNRP decided to suspend the meeting with CPP working group, which was scheduled for today.

The CPP made such an appeals just hours after the CNRP issued a statement saying that it decided to suspend the meeting with the CPP officials because of the violent crackdown on the peaceful protesters by the authorities led by CPP.

"The Cambodian People's Party regrets over the statement made by the Cambodian National Rescue party on 02 January 2014 to suspend negotiation at technical level between the two parties scheduled to take place on 3 January 2014 with a pretext of the clashes", said CPP in its statement.

The statement added that as a matter of fact, it is the incitement of the CNRP. This shows the lack of CNRP's genuine willingness to find a solution through negotiation.

The ruling Cambodian People's Party condemns various incitement, which leads to violence, public road blockage and disturbance which affect social order and security.

"Therefore, the CPP wishes to appeal to the CNRP to cease inciting activities, violence and creating social disorder and to return negotiation table for jointly and peacefully settle the issues for the cause of stability, development and harmony for our society in the future", the ruling CPP said.

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