Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn slams EU over EBA’s review


March 5, 2019

Cambodia –EU Relations

Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn slams EU over EBA’s review

Ben Sokhean / Khmer Times

Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn, speaking to Cambodia’s Ambassadors, Permanent Representatives and Consuls  General in an annual conference at ministry’s office in Phnom Penh on Tuesday. KT/ Chor Sokunthea

Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn has lambasted  the European Union for applying a double standard with Cambodia over a review of Every Thing but arms preferential status, saying that they failed to act against Laos and Myanmar.

Speaking to dozens of Cambodia’s Ambassadors, Permanent Representatives and Consuls Generals in an annual conference at ministry office in Phnom Penh on Tuesday, Mr Sokhonn said that the EU acted improperly against the Kingdom.

“I want to say double standards because they use this issue to pressure Cambodia. We can say that they behave improperly,” Mr Sokhonn said, referring to the EU’s move to review the Kingdom’s EBA access.

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He said that he discussed with EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström about more than 800,000 workers and two million other people who received benefit from garment sector in Brussels in January.

“Ms Malmström raised about pluralism as she accused us of dissolving the CNRP, so she meant it is no longer pluralism in Cambodia.”

Mr Sokhonn said that the EU failed to act against Laos and Myanmar.

“Laos has the EBA like us. If we talk about pluralism, is Laos a pluralism country? Why don’t you pressure Laos? Why do you still keep the EBA for Laos?”, Mr Sokhonn said, noting that bilateral free trade agreement between the EU and Vietnam has still existed even though Vietnam is a one-party system.

“They close their eyes not to see the government’s achievement. They want to see a perfect democracy,” he said. “Myanmar is also threatened to be sanctioned by the EU but so far they have not taken any action against that country.”

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“Why don’t they do something against Laos and Myanmar,” Mr Sokhonn inquired.

2 thoughts on “Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn slams EU over EBA’s review

  1. The EU is performing the sword dance like Xiang Zhuang (項莊) at the Feast at Hongmen (鴻門宴) in 206 BC. The sword dance was not to entertain the guests, but for the purpose of killing Liu Bang (劉邦).

    The hidden message from EU is to warn and punish Cambodia for getting too close to China. Human rights and democracy are only their excuses. There are no less human right violations in the US and the West. And Hun Sen was democratically elected. If you have proof to your allegation that the election was rigged, show your proof to the Cambodian people instead of punishing the Cambodian people with trade sanctions.

    Cambodia is just the scapegoat and the sacrificial lamb. Obviously, the US and the West are getting very nervous that Cambodia turning to China for help in its economic development is working out well, and they are afraid it may influence more and more Southeast Asian nations to distance from the West.

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