12 Feb 2009
By Ung Chamroeun
Cambodge Soir Hebdo
Translated from French by Tola Ek
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The two warring clans within this royalist party claimed to have found a negotiated solution to their crisis, on the other hand, they are increasing their exchange of barbs on one another.
For the last three weeks, the Norodom Ranariddh Party (NRP) is split into two clans: the one led by Chhim Seak Leng, the party standing president, and the one led Suth Dina, the former deputy secretary-general of the NRP and the representative of the youths from the Khmer Front Party, which was the political party that formed the basis of the NRP.
The two camps tried to find a solution to their dispute. “Activists from our camp wish to see unity and we wish to put an end to the conflict,” Kim Sok, spokesman of the Suth Dina clan, indicated. “We, the party youths, want to reach a peaceful solution for the common interest (of both parties).”
Nevertheless, Kim Sok took opportunity of the occasion to criticize the attitude adopted by the “aging” party leaders who belong to the Chhim Seak Leng clan. He let it understood that the opposing camp, which includes You Hockry, consist of people who are “not very honest.”
“We will not let party members be removed without reason. We defend all the activists, not just Meas Sokun, the NRP representative in Banteay Meanchey who was expelled from the party at the end of January,” Kim Sok added.
According to communiqué distributed on Thursday 12 Feb by the Suth Dina clan, the internal conflict does not reflect the royalist party’s struggle for influence, “It is a conflict between a small group and a majority that fights for justice,” the communiqué read.
You Hockry, the NRP secretary-general, could not be reached by Cambodge Soir Hebdo on Thursday 12 Jan.
Sar Kheng, the (CPP) minister of Interior, told Em Sitha, a representative of the party youth movement, on that same day that his ministry would not allow the NRP to hold a congress on 15 Feb. Suth Dina whished to organize this congress to change the NRP party name, as Prince Ranariddh already left the party to work at the royal palace.
Sar Kheng indicated that only Chhim Seak Leng is authorized to call for a party congress.