October 10, 2012
SAM RAINSY AND KEM SOKHA IN AUSTRALIA
Representing the united democratic opposition, Sam Rainsy and Kem
Sokha, respectively president and future vice-president of the
Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP), are currently on a 10-day visit
to Australia and New Zealand.
The two leaders are today in Canberra meeting with Australian Members
of Parliament and government officials from the Department of Foreign
Affairs and Trade (DEFAT) and AusAid. They have also been meeting with
Cambodian communities all over the country. On October 6 and 7, crowds
of unprecedented size (+500) attended two public meetings organized by
supporters of the CNRP in Melbourne and Sydney.
The two leaders are flying to New Zealand on October 11, being
expected in Wellington and Auckland. They will attend a last public
meeting in Adelaide, back to Australia, on October 14.
In the second half of October, Sam Rainsy, in his capacity as CNRP
president and president of the Council of Asian Liberals and Democrats
(CALD), will be in Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire) to attend a Congress of
Liberal International (the Sam Rainsy Party is a full member of LI).
Afterwards, the CNRP president will fly to Quebec (Canada) to attend a
meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) where he will testify
before the Committee on the human rights of parliamentarians.