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Crisis-hit Cambodia at a 'crossroads': UN envoy

Published on Jan 16, 2014 5:56 PM
 
Surya Subedi, UN special rapporteur on the situation of Human Rights in Cambodia, speaks to the media during a press conference in Phnom Penh, on Jan 16, 2014. Cambodia stands at "a crucial crossroads" following a bloody crackdown by security forces on street protests, a UN envoy said Thursday, Jan 16, 2014, urging political leaders to return to the negotiating table. -- PHOTO: AFP

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodia stands at "a crucial crossroads" following a bloody crackdown by security forces on street protests, a UN envoy said Thursday, urging political leaders to return to the negotiating table.

Surya Subedi, the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Cambodia, said politicians on both sides of the kingdom's deep political divide should "embrace change".

"It is imperative for the leaders to overcome the mistrust and immediately return to the negotiating table without further delay," he told reporters during a fact-finding visit to the country.

Prime Minister Hun Sen, who has ruled for nearly three decades, has faced accusations of excessive force against striking garment factory workers seeking higher wages as well as opposition demonstrators who allege vote-rigging in elections last July.

 
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