Italy demands ‘fairer’ rice deal

Italy has demanded that the European Union restrict Cambodia’s duty-free import status, as concerns over the survival of that country’s rice sector appear to be reaching a fever pitch. According to rice industry website Oryza, the Italian government has officially submitted a request to the EU ...

Eddie Morton

Hor Namhong to attend ASEAN-EU meeting next week

Cambodia's Foreign Minister Hor Namhong will lead a delegation to attend the 20th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting in Brussels, Belgium, next week, according to a statement issued Friday by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. The statement said the meeting invited by Mrs Catherine ASHTON, high ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Italy seeks to halt EU imports of duty-free Cambodian rice: report

Italy plans to lobby the European Union to halt duty-free imports of rice from Cambodia to protect local rice growers and millers, an industry source says. In a report Thursday, said Italy was preparing to submit a report to Brussels saying that Cambodian rice was ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Sugar on EU visit’s agenda

European Union Trade Commissioner Karel de Gucht will visit Cambodia this week, the European Commission announced, with rights groups hoping that land grabbing related to sugar plantations will be high on the agenda. Following bilateral meetings in Brussels last week between Cambodia and the EU during ...

Kevin Ponniah and Vong Sokheng

Cambodia and EU meet next week in Brussels

Ouch Borith, Secretary of State of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Cambodia, and Ugo Astuto, director of South and Southeast Asia of the European Union, will co-chair the 8th meeting of Cambodia-EU Joint Committee to strengthen relations and cooperation between Cambodia and ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

NGOs to lobby EU for 'urgent action' against Cambodia

The International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) says it has prepared a "briefing paper" ahead of a European Union meeting with Cambodia in Brussels next week. In a statement late Thursday, the Paris-based group said the paper "documents the deteriorating situation in Cambodia and make(s) recommendations ...

The Cambodia Herald News Staff

Rainsy eyes seat at UN rights review meeting

Opposition leader Sam Rainsy left for Europe yesterday evening to attend a UN Human Rights Council review on Cambodia in Geneva and to lobby European Union officials to take a stronger stance against the government, he said before departure. Rainsy plans on attending the Universal Periodic ...

Meas Sokchea and Kevin Ponniah

Ambassadors fill Cambodia, terrorism posts

SENIOR diplomat Alison Burrows has been appointed Australia's next ambassador to Cambodia. Ms Burrows will replace Penny Richards in April, Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr announced on Thursday. She is assistant secretary with the North Asia investment and services branch of the Department of Foreign Affairs ...

Asean declaration allows Cambodia to flout human rights, warn campaigners

Human rights groups in Cambodia fear a new south-east Asian declaration of human rights could conversely offer the government in Phnom Penh a figleaf to clamp down on dissent. Cambodia signed the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) human rights declaration on Sunday, two days ...

Ministry fires back over EU resolution

A week after the European Parliament issued a damning resolution on Cambodia’s human-rights situation and called for a revoking of trade privileges, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has shot back. “It is essential for the EU parliament to study and better understand the situation before passing ...

EU Eyes Asean as Solution for Troubles at Home

As Europe continues to navigate its way through a two-year debt crisis, EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht yesterday sought to put Europe at the center of Southeast Asia’s future at the EU-Asean Business Summit in Phnom Penh, and urged EU investors to take advantage ...

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