by Xinhua writer Wang Bowen
BEIJING, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Cambodia is facing a political deadlock as the country's opposition party rejected preliminary election results and threatened to take it out on street for mass protests.
The outcome shows a victory for Prime Minister Hun Sen's Cambodian People's Party (CPP). The CPP, which has ruled Cambodia since 1998, retained power with a reduced edge in parliament in the July 28 election.
The opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) has called on the international community not to recognize the outcome.
If the two sides could not reconcile with each other and continue with the battle over the results, then the whole nation will be forced to face possible social and political turmoil.
Right now, the only viable solution to stop the Southeastern Asian nation from slipping into that dangerous situation is for the two political bodies to sit down together and sort out their differences in a legal and peaceful manner, which is in the best interests of the nation and its people.
Moreover, any foreign power that may try to exert external influence over the election has to know that their attempts will only lead to bigger chaos in Cambodia.
Earlier last month, a number of U.S. politicians threatened to cut aid to the impoverished nation if the election is not free and fair.
Meanwhile, Washington has also demanded Cambodia to pardon Sam Rainsy, the self-exiled opposition party leader who has been sentenced by Cambodian court to 11 years in jail over criminal offenses.
In response, the Cambodian foreign ministry has urged foreign diplomatic missions not to interfere in the internal affairs of Cambodia.
As a general principle, the international community should respect Cambodia's sovereignty and let the Cambodian people themselves decide their own future.
The peaceful and stable social environment is hard earned for Cambodia, a traditional agricultural country with 28 percent of its population living under the poverty line.
Boosting economic growth and combatting poverty have been on the top agenda for the Cambodian government over the years, and a peaceful and stable social environment should be guarded against any internal or external disturbance.
All political factions of the country have to be well aware that a turbulent society not only hurts the interests of the Cambodian people, but also jeopardizes regional peace and stability.