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Mr Sam Rainsy

Volume 572: debated on Tuesday 21 May 1996

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asked Her Majesty's Government:What steps they will take, either alone or with other governments of the European Union, to persuade the Cambodian Government to comply with the recommendations of the Inter-Parliamentary Council, in its resolution passed at the 95th Inter-Parliamentary Conference held in Istanbul from April 15th-20th concerning the case of Mr. Sam Rainsy MP and whether they will ensure that representatives attending the forthcoming Consultative Group meeting on Cambodia receive copies of the IPU's resolution and of the report on which it was based, together with any observations by the Cambodian Government on the matters raised.

We have studied the Inter-Parliamentary Council resolution on the case of Sam Rainsy. The Cambodian Government is well aware of the importance we attach to multi party democracy and freedom of expression. Distribution of the IPU resolution will be a matter for the IPU and not HMG.