Cambodian PM, opposition leader's talks to end political stalemate fail
PHNOM PENH (AP) - Cambodia's long-ruling Prime Minister Hun Sen briefly met the head of main opposition party for the first time in years on Saturday, but the two rivals reached no agreement on how to end the political stalemate that has simmered since the country's disputed election.
The opposition says it would have won had the vote been fair and has vowed to stage a new wave of protests on Sunday and boycott Parliament's first session on Sept 23 unless an independent committee investigates its claims of widespread voting irregularities. The government has rejected the demands.
Saturday's meeting between Mr Hun Sen and opposition leader Mr Sam Rainsy was called by King Norodom Sihamoni, and was held at the Royal Palace in the capital, Phnom Penh.
The talks lasted about 20 minutes, and Mr Hun Sen left without commenting. Asked by reporters what had come out of the meeting, Mr Sam Rainsy replied simply: "No, no, there is nothing."