Phnom Penh (FN), Aug. 01 – Cambodian Justice Ministry spokesperson Chin Malin stated that it is impossible for Cambodia to drop charges against former CNRP president Kem Sokha as requested by the US Embassy in Cambodia.

No one has the rights to order Cambodia to do anything as a sovereign state and that the request has no influences on Cambodia, speaking in a press conference “One-Year Achievement after Elections”, held Thursday at the Council of Ministers.

The US Embassy in Cambodia released a statement on 30 July 2019, requesting the Cambodian government to restore democracy and drop charges against Kem Sokha.

“Today, the US government notes the one-year anniversary of deeply flawed national elections in Cambodia. That vote was neither free nor fair, and it failed to represent the will of the Cambodian people.”

“The elections excluded the country’s principle opposition party and further eroded the country’s achievements in promoting political reconciliation and economic growth since the 1991 Paris Peace Accords. We call on the government to take tangible actions to restore democracy, including dropping all charges against Kem Sokha and other political prisoners, and ending the practice of using baseless, politically motived charges to harass its citizens,” according to the on US Embassy’s Facebook page.