Phnom Penh (FN), July 18 – Cambodia’s Senate regrets to learn the passing of Cambodia Democracy Act of 2018 by American lawmakers, according to the statement released on Thursday.

The Senate considered the adoption of the bill an interference in internal affairs of Cambodia as a peaceful, independent, and sovereign nation; and pledged to absolutely fight against interferences in any forms.

The Senate urged Cambodia-United States to promote relations and cooperation in all fields for based on mutual interests and respect.

Cambodian Democracy Act directs the President to apply property-blocking and visa restriction sanctions against each senior official of the Cambodian government, military, or security forces who has directly and substantially undermined democracy in Cambodia and committed or directed serious human rights violations, according to the Congress of the United States.

Sanctions may be suspended for up to one year if the President certifies to Congress that Cambodia is making progress toward ending government efforts to undermine democracy, ending human rights violations, and conducting elections that allow for the participation of credible opposition candidates.