Kono urges Hun Sen to hold fair election

Kono urges Hun Sen to hold fair election

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono has urged Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen to ensure that the upcoming general election will be free and fair.

Kono and Hun Sen met on Sunday in Phnom Penh.

International observers have expressed concern about the fairness of the election scheduled for July. The Cambodian government forced the largest opposition party to disband last year.

Kono said the election should properly reflect the will of the people. He quoted Hun Sen as saying that it will be free and fair.

Later on Sunday, Kono and Cambodian Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn signed a document that says Japan will provide up to roughly 90 million dollars in yen-denominated loans to help build electric power facilities in Phnom Penh.

Kono told reporters that Japan is a longtime friend of Cambodia and doesn't want to see the Southeast Asian country facing criticism.

He said Japan will keep monitoring the situation.