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16 Oct 2018

Author:
Meas Sokchea, The Phnom Penh Post

Negotiations on EBA being held

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In an effort to defuse tensions, a senior government official said Cambodia is negotiating with the European Union (EU) on the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade deal, which allows the Kingdom to export goods to the 28-member bloc tariff-free.

… Government spokesman Phay Siphan said … that because the trading scheme involves multiple fronts, including human rights, the Cambodian negotiating team is comprised of the ministries of foreign affairs, interior, justice and commerce.

Also included in the agenda are workers’ rights and land conflicts, among others.

… He said the government maintains its position to protect workers’ interests and Cambodia’s sovereignty as an independent country throughout the talks.

Political analyst Meas Nee said the government’s willingness to turn to negotiations with the EU is a positive sign that could pave the way for a political compromise.

... “If there is a negotiation, there must be a solution. …,” he said…

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