Cambodian politician urges Japan to halt aid

Cambodian politician urges Japan to halt aid

A Cambodian opposition politician is calling on Japan to end assistance of her country's general election scheduled for July. She says it will not be a fair election.

NHK interviewed deputy spokesperson of the Cambodian National Rescue Party Kem Monovithya in the United States. She criticized Prime Minister Hun Sen for dissolving her party and arresting its leader for allegedly plotting to overthrow the government. Party leader Kem Sokha is her father.

She said while the US and the European Union suspended assistance for the national election committee, Japan has yet to do anything.

She said support from a free and democratic nation like Japan could justify an illegitimate election.

She added the government could be prompted to rethink its policy if Japan halts its aid.

Hun Sen has been in power for over 30 years.

Japanese officials have conveyed to the Cambodian government concern about the recent developments.

But they say they would rather continue to encourage dialogue between ruling and opposition parties than take harsh measures against the government.

They have told Cambodian officials it's important the election reflect the people's will.