Cambodia, EU Hold 10th Joint Committee Meeting

The Kingdom of Cambodia and the European Union held their 10th Joint Committee Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, yesterday to discuss their bilateral cooperation.

This Joint Committee Meeting was co-chaired by Ms. Paola Pampaloni, Deputy Managing Director Asia and Pacific of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and H.E. Luy David, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia.

The meeting was preceded by subgroups on development cooperation, and on institution building, administrative reform, legal and judicial reform, governance and human rights, and on trade and investment.

According to a joint press release issued after the meeting, the EU welcomed and praised Cambodia's progress and achievement in socio-economic rights and valued the good cooperation with Cambodia over the past two decades. The EU and Cambodia reaffirmed their commitment to deepen their relationship and cooperation based on the principles of equality, mutual respect and open dialogue and by promoting the implementation of the objectives set out in the 1997 Cambodia-EU Cooperation Agreement.

The meeting allowed for an exchange of views on a broad range of bilateral issues, including current political development in Cambodia and the EU, multilateral and regional issues such as the Mekong Sub-region, EU-ASEAN relations, climate change and human rights cooperation in UN fora, it added.

The European Union presented the Council Conclusions adopted by the EU Foreign Affairs Ministers on Feb. 26, 2018 in which the EU expressed serious concerns about recent developments regarding democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law in Cambodia. In response, Cambodia recalled that recent development in Cambodia are actions of the competent authorities and the judiciary organs to enforce rule of laws, protect its sovereignty and maintain the core interest of peace and stability of Cambodia for a harmonious society and the continued sustainable development. Cambodia reiterated its commitment to uphold the pluralistic society and respect of fundamental freedom and human rights as enshrined in Cambodia's Constitution and relevant laws. Cambodia reaffirmed its commitment to conduct the general election on July 29, 2018 in an orderly, smooth, free, fair and peaceful manner.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press