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Friday, February 04, 2005

Statement commenting on the suspension of parliamentary immunity

Daily Press Briefing
Adam Ereli, Deputy Spokesman
Washington, DC
February 3, 2005
Reference link: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2005/41578.htm

MR. ERELI: The Georgians are investigating the incident; however, all the indications at this point are that it was exactly that, a tragic accident.

We also have a statement commenting on the suspension of parliamentary immunity of Cambodian opposition party members. The United States strongly condemns the Cambodian National Assembly, which -- or the action of the Cambodian National Assembly -- which, on February 3rd, decided to suspend the parliamentary immunity of three opposition parliamentarians, Mr. Sam Rainsy, Mr. Chea Poch and Mr. Cheam Channy.

The United States notes with concern the subsequent arrest of Mr. Channy. We see these actions coming at a time of growing intimidation of opposition voices in Cambodia, and the United States calls upon the political leadership of the Royal Government of Cambodia to allow all its citizens to peacefully express their political views without fear of retribution or intimidation.

If there are any questions on that, happy to answer them; if not, go on to whatever interests you.

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