Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Gregg McClymont Gregg McClymont Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs what steps the UK took (a) unilaterally and (b) through the EU prior to elections in Cambodia in July 2013 to ensure they were free and fair.

Photo of Hugo Swire Hugo Swire The Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

The focus of the UK's effort since the 2008 elections has been to press for the recommendations of the EU Election Observation report to be fully implemented. With regard to the July 2013 elections:

(a) Bilaterally, our embassy in Phnom Penh worked with local partners on two election-related projects, providing £100,000 in funding to promote election observation and voter awareness/education;

(b) Through the EU we worked to lobby the Cambodian National Election Committee, the Interior Ministry, and the Council of Ministers. We focused on the campaign environment, as well as ongoing inequitable media access and the misuse of state resources. An EU statement was issued in Phnom Penh on 26 June which raised these issues and urged all sides to refrain from using threatening and inflammatory rhetoric.

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