Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on April 10 said that he had a telephone conversation with leader of the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) over the current political dispute.

The call lasted 44 minutes, and mainly focused on electoral reform and a date for a general election, PM Hun Sen said during a graduation ceremony for about 1,800 students at the Human Resources University.

The two sides verbally agreed to choose February 2018 for a general election, five months earlier than originally planned, he said.

However, PM Hun Sen said that Kem Sokha, CNRP Vice Chairman, who is on a mission to the US , later disagreed with the agreement.

If the two parties cannot reach an agreement to end the current political dispute, Kem Sokha will be blamed for the failure, he stressed.

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.

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

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