Cambodia dismayed over European Parliament's resolution on mass trials against perpetrators

  • Cambodia
  • Wednesday, 17 Mar 2021

Sam Rainsy. - AP

PHNOM PENH (Xinhua):The National Assembly of Cambodia issued a statement on Wednesday (March 17) voicing its "utter dismay" over the European Parliament's recent resolution on the mass trials against perpetrators linked to the "9 November 2019 plot" in the country.

As an independent and sovereign state, Cambodia is entitled to pursuing its policy of self-determination in order to protect its national interests, including peace, stability, and prosperity, the statement said.

"We do not tolerate any intentions and activities that aim to disrupt the fabrics of the country's hard-earned peace and stability," it said.

The statement said the trials of the perpetrators linked to the "9 November 2019 plot" are in full conformity with the kingdom's Constitution and related laws.

"Any attempt to plot an insurrection through the use of defamatory languages, incitement to violence and a call upon the armed forces to overthrow a legitimate government are unlawful and must be denounced," it said.

"We therefore urge the European Parliament to have an objective assessment on the political development in Cambodia and continue to constructively engage with diverse political groups in Cambodia based on the principles of mutual trust, mutual respect, and mutual interest," it added.

The statement came after the European Parliament on March 11 adopted a resolution on Cambodia's mass trials against perpetrators linked to the "9 November 2019 plot", particularly former leaders of the Supreme Court-dissolved Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) with its president Sam Rainsy sentenced to 25 years in prison and eight others from 20 to 22 years in jail over a failed coup attempt.

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