31 May 2011
THE SAM RAINSY PARTY IS THE ONLY HOPE
WHEN HUN SEN CAPITALIZES ON KEM SOKHA’S DUPLICITY
The recent leak of a secret conversation/deal between Hun Sen and Kem
Sokha has the effect of a bomb on Cambodia’s political landscape.
The recorded conversation took place on 25 July 2007, meaning just
three days after the creation of Kem Sokha’s Human Rights Party (HPR).
In the conversation, Hun Sen and Kem Sokha precisely discussed the
circumstances surrounding the creation of the HPR, which was made
possible thanks to the support and assistance of Hun Sen’s Cambodian
People’s Party (CPP).
Hun Sen and Kem Sokha clearly showed their common goal: the
destruction of the Sam Rainsy Party (SRP), the main opposition party
that had unwaveringly been standing against the CPP. Hun Sen gave Kem
Sokha advice and recommendations on how to achieve this goal or, at
least, how to disturb and weaken the SRP. Kem Sokha profusely thanked
Hun Sen for his support and welcomed Hun Sen’s advice and
recommendations as “instructions” from the CPP Prime Minister.
A few years after concluding his deal with Hun Sen, meaning now,
everybody can see Kem Sokha’s duplicity when he pretends he wants to
form an alliance with the SRP against the CPP. How can he form an
alliance with the SRP while the secret goal he shares with the CPP is
to destroy the very same SRP?
Kem Sokha is not an honest man. He is not honest with the SRP and
cannot be a loyal partner. But he is not honest even with his own
supporters, those HRP members who wrongly believed that the HRP was
formed to oppose the CPP and who would have never imagined that Kem
Sokha would make a secret deal with the CPP against the SRP in order
to serve his personal interest.
Kem Sokha’s duplicity does not allow the SRP to consider his HRP as a
possible partner in any alliance. The HRP may perhaps form a shady
alliance with Funcinpec or the Norodom Ranariddh Party (NRP). These
three small parties with no principles have something in common: they
all compete to serve in, and under, a treasonous government led by Hun
As Cambodia’s second largest political party, the SRP remains the only
credible alternative to the autocratic Hun Sen regime. It has always
abided by its patriotic and democratic principles. It represents the
only hope for a democratic change. This is why it has always borne the
brunt of the CPP repression.
Just a few days before the leak of the secret deal between Hun Sen and
Kem Sokha, Sam Rainsy published a statement reinstating his stance,
“A Peaceful Way To Put An End To The Despised Hun Sen Regime.”
Therefore, the SRP will continue to grow on Cambodia’s political
landscape as the main popular force to combat the repressive and
regressive CPP. It will continue to relentlessly and determinedly
fight for Cambodia’s national independence and territorial integrity,
and for good governance and social justice.