Cambodia PM: No foreigner needed to help with the political deadlock

File photo of Prime Minister Hun Sen.

PHNOM PENH - Prime Minister Hun Sen said he had not requested the UN Special Rapporteur Surya Subedi to play a role as a referee to facilitate talks between the Cambodian People's Party (CPP) and the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party.

Prime Minister Hun Sen made the statement after some media reported that he asked the UN envoy for help to break the post-election political deadlock.

"In a three-hour meeting, Surya Prassad Subedi requested twice to be a referee, but I replied to him that Cambodia is mature enough, and that Cambodia does not need any foreigner to lead us," Hun Sen said Saturday in Kratie, where he inaugurated SOS Children's Villages International.

Hun Sen said if any presses wrongfully published my speeches, they had to make corrections.

He said the referee for the meeting has to be the King, but we should not bother him now until the two parties come closer to reach a deal. Only at that time, we may request the King for help to play a role as mediator.

At the meeting held last Thursday at the Peace Palace, Hun Sen asked Surya Subedi, UN Special Rapporteur on situation of Human Rights in Cambodia, to convince the opposition elected lawmakers to attend the parliamentary sessions to break the country's political deadlock.

After the comments by Prime Minister Hun Sen, opposition spokesman Yem Punharith said that the two parties have to solve the dispute first before joining the National Assembly.