EU, UN Welcome Cambodia Political Agreement

The European Union and the United Nations have welcomed the political agreement reached between Cambodia's two main political parties, which was followed by the release of opposition party members arrested last week.

"This significant agreement will hopefully contribute to facilitate reforms strengthening the democratic process in Cambodia as well as inclusive and sustainable economic growth. We look forward to deepening our already close cooperation with Cambodia," the EU said in a statement.

Meanwhile, the United Nations expert on the situation of human rights in Cambodia hailed the political agreement and urged the two parties to continue working together.

"The two parties have finally found common ground, in the best interests of the Cambodian people. They deserve our congratulations, and the Cambodian people to enjoy a moment of celebration," said Special Rapporteur Surya P. Subedi.

He noted in a statement that the agreement reached on the National Election Committee indicates "the beginning of the true work of reforming" and provides "an opportunity to carry out a comprehensive reform of lasting character in line with international standards."

Subedi stressed on the importance of strengthening the electoral, judicial and parliamentary regulations with responsibilities for human rights implementation and independent monitoring.

Subedi also expressed concerns over the future of the seven Parliament members-elect and an activist from the Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) who were released on bail but still face serious charges that can be used against them at any time.

The Rapporteur called on Cambodian politicians to promptly launch the judicial reform that was promised by both parties to their voters during the elections last year.

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