Cambodian gov't accuses UN official of interfering in internal affairs

16:34, March 22, 2010      

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The Cambodian government warned the United Nations Resident Coordinator to stop interfering in the internal affairs of the country or will be expelled, said a statement from the Foreign Ministry seen Monday.

In a letter to Douglas Broderick, UN resident coordinator on March 20, Foreign Minister Hor Namhong said that Vijay Nambiar, chief of the Cabinet of the UN Secretary-General told Cambodian permanent representative at the UN in New York on March 19 that " United Nations Headquarters had not instructed the UN country team in Cambodia to make any comment or suggestion to the media on the issue" about the Anti-corruption Law passed by Cambodian National Assembly on March 11.

The UN country team on March 10, before the draft law sent to the National Assembly for debating, released a statement saying it "notes with concern that an extra-ordinary session was convened only days after the draft law was shared publicly with parliamentarians," and asking "sufficient time for Parliamentarians, civil society, donors and the UN to study the law so that if and where deemed necessary, amendments may be proposed for consideration."

"Therefore, as stated by the spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation on March 12 , the United Nations Country Team had exceeded the limit of its mandate, " Hor Hamhong said.

"The unwarranted comments made by you (Douglas Broderick) in connection with the adoption of Cambodia's Anti-Corruption Law is a flagrant and unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of Cambodia," Hor Namhong added.

"Any further repetition of such a behavior would compel the Royal Government of Cambodia to resort to a 'Persona non grata' decision," he stressed.

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