New York

17 November 2015

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on Cambodia

The Secretary-General is following with concern the increasing tensions between the ruling party and the opposition in Cambodia.  The arrest warrant issued against opposition leader Sam Rainsy on 13 November and earlier incidents against opposition parliamentarians and leaders are worrisome developments.

The Secretary-General urges the Cambodian People's Party and the Cambodia National Rescue Party to resume their cooperation and dialogue and encourages all political players to refrain from violence, intimidation and harassment. A non-threatening environment of democratic dialogue is essential for political stability and a peaceful society.