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Threats of sanctions ‘an insult to Cambodians’

THE withdrawal of aid by the US and the threat of sanctions by the European Union are “nothing short of an insult,” the Cambodian government said Wednesday. “It is sad and shocking that our friends have decided to cut their development assistance to Cambodia!” Phay Siphan, spokesman of Cambodia’s Council of Ministers, wrote on Facebook in response to the aid cuts. “Such sanctions are nothing short of an insult to Cambodians and hurt those who love real democracy.” His remarks follow the decision from Washington to cut several US Treasury Department, USAID, and American military assistance programmes that support Cambodia’s taxation department, local governments, and military. SEE ALSO: Cambodia: Protesters burn Hun Sen effigy after he threatens to ‘beat’ them In a statement released Tuesday, the White House cited recent “setbacks to democracy” as the reason behind the decision to suspend the aid programmes. “Recent setbacks to democracy in Cambodia… caused...

 

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