The Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) and the opposition Cambodian National Rescue Party (CNRP) have agreed to comply with King Norodom Sihamoni’s appeal and avoid further violence.

The two sides reached the agreement after a five-hour meeting behind close doors on September 16, the second meeting within one week to resolve the country’s post-election disagreements.

They also agreed to set up a joint committee to reform election work and continue to hold meetings to resolve national issues after the fifth National Assembly election.

The first meeting between CPP and CNRP took place on September 14 under the chair of King Norodom Sihamoni. However, no agreement was reached due to big gaps of differences between the two sides.

The second meeting was held a day after violent clashes on the streets of Phnom Penh left one dead and 10 others wounded.

Meeting the media after the September 16 meeting, Secretary of State Prak Sokhon of the CPP and CNRP spokesperson Yim So Vann said the two sides are yet to decide on the date for their next meeting.

Yim So Vann said the CNRP is firm on its stance that a special committee with the presence of the UN should be established to investigate election irregularities.

However, the CPP asserted that it could not agree with this demand, as the National Election Council and the Cambodia ’s Constitutional Council are the top bodies of the kingdom in charge of resolving election matters.

Earlier the same day, King Norodom Sihamoni issued a royal message urging opposition protesters and police to stop using violence against each other after a deadly clash at Sunday night.

"I would like to beg all compatriots who are the protesters and the authorities to stop using violence in all images such as stone throwing or weapon using that cause injuries or deaths to people, and create serious danger to the whole nation," the King’s message said.

He urged people to return to the tradition of non-violence and exercise their utmost restraints to avoid national instability.-VNA