Officials describe tense meeting with Cambodian leader

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Posted: Nov 19, 2012 12:08 PM
Source: Associated Press

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PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - The White House is describing as tense today's meeting between President Barack Obama and Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

Obama is the first U.S. president to set foot in Cambodia, a country that was once known for the "killing fields" of its genocidal communist regime in the 1970s.

Officials say Obama emphasized his concern about Cambodia's human rights situation, and that the Cambodian leader defended his record -- saying his country is facing a unique set of circumstances.

The Cambodian prime minister, who is 60, has been in office since Ronald Reagan was in the White House, and he says he's not stepping down for another 30 years.

Earlier, in a speech in Myanmar, Obama warned that the country's new civilian government has to nurture democracy, or watch it disappear -- along with U.S. support.

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