Monday, June 22, 2015
In a jocular moment at the end of an interview with reporters from Khmer Times’ French supplement, opposition leader Sam Rainsy holds up two recent copies of Khmer Times. KT Photo: Fabien Mouret
PHNOM PENH (Khmer Times) – Despite his jet-black hair, Sam Rainsy turned 66 in March. And it was clear in an interview with Khmer Times this week that the leader of Cambodia’s opposition is mellowing.
It does not take a political scientist to see that when he says: “With age, you become more serene, you think more in the long term.”
What is the “Culture of Dialogue”, the new policy he is forging with Prime Minister Hun Sen, aged 62?
“Before I considered them as enemies, now, I perhaps I see them as adversaries, but in any case, as ‘interlocuteurs,’” he said, using a French word which means “interlocutors” or “negotiating partners”.
Tomorrow, at a special congress of the ruling Cambodian People’s Party, Mr. Hun Sen is to be elected party president. Today, Khmer Times offers our readers insights – translated from the French - into the current thinking of the Prime Minister’s chief “interlocuteur”, Mr. Rainsy, president of the Cambodia National Rescue Party.