Phnom Penh (FN), Feb. 12 - The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) expresses its deep regret over the European Commission’s (EC) decision on 11 February 2019 to launch the formal procedure for the temporary withdrawal of the Everything But Arms (EBA) preferences for Cambodia, according to the foreign affairs ministry's statement dated Tuesday.

"The RGC considers this decision as an extreme injustice when the EC disregards the concrete measures and substantial progresses made by the RGC in its adherence and commitment to the implementation of the 15 UN and ILO core Conventions, which are the pre-conditions to the continuation of the EBA unilateral trade preferences, particularly in the areas that were underlined in the RGC's Statement on 3 December 2018 regarding the strengthening of political and civil society spaces, promoting labour rights and addressing land issues and sugarcane economic land concessions (ELC)," the statement added.