The ruling Cambodia People’s Party (CPP) and opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) have settled the majority of their dispute during secret talks and come closer to reaching a deal, said Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on April 7.

The two sides have agreed on all points, except one, in the draft agreement, he said, but declined to elaborate.

According to him, the two parties can settle the eight-month political row before the Khmer New Year, which will arrive on April 14. If all the points in the draft agreement have been reached, the two sides will invite King Norodom Sihamoni to witness the signing ceremony.

The dispute between the two parties has simmered since the July 2013 election results showed that the CPP won 68 parliamentary seats against the CNRP’s 55 seats.

Having boycotted parliament since September, the CNRP is demanding a re-election and deep electoral reform.

Both sides held many meetings, even between PM Hun Sen and CNRP Chairman Sam Rainsy last September that came to no avail. Hun Sen rejected the opposition’s requests.-VNA