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The decision by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations to postpone Cambodia’s entry to the group is an effective measure that will pressure the country to resolve its political crisis, according to Yukio Imagawa, Japan’s former ambassador to Cambodia.

Second Prime Minister Hun Sen “hoped to obtain membership of ASEAN because acceptance to the regional group will help remove negative images of Cambodia,” Imagawa told a press conference July 11 at the Japan National Press Club. Other international pressure such as freezing economic aid will not be very effective because such aid is aimed at helping Cambodian people, not political parties, Imagawa said.

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