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us restricts visas for cambodians 'undermining democracy'

washington — the trump administration announced wednesday it will restrict visas for cambodians "undermining democracy" in the southeast asian nation following the dissolution of the main opposition party and a crackdown on independent media.the state department said it was a direct response to "anti-democratic actions" by the cambodian government but did not disclose which individuals would be affected.spokeswoman heather nauert called on the cambodian government to reinstate the opposition cambodia national rescue party, which was dissolved by supreme court order last month, and free its leader kem sokha, imprisoned since september. she also urged cambodia to allow civil society and media to operate freely.prime minister hun sen, who has held power for more than three decades, has sought to neutralize political opponents and silence critics ahead of national elections next year. kem sokha has been charged with trying to topple the government with u.s. support, which washington has said is a baseless accusation.nauert said cambodia's actions run counter to the paris peace agreements of 1991. the united states and 18 other governments signed the accords, which ushered in democracy after the genocidal rule of the khmer rouge regime in the late 1970s, then occupation by vietnam and civil war.secretary of state rex tillerson will restrict entry into the united states of "those individuals involved in undermining democracy in cambodia," nauert said in a statement, adding...