PHNOM PENH, Cambodia — The chief U.N. peacekeeper in Cambodia declared the results of the country's elections fair Wednesday and rejected demands by the defeated government party for an independent inquiry into alleged fraud.
"Having . . . already certified the polling as free and fair, I am in a position to certify and declare the results of these elections as fair and acceptable," Yasushi Akashi said in a letter to the government party.
Akashi's verdict on last month's U.N.-run election, aimed at bringing peace after years of fighting, was unequivocal. But doubts persisted about how much power the former Communist government is willing to give up after 13 years in office.
Generals from the government army and police met head of state Prince Norodom Sihanouk on Wednesday to press demands for an interim power-sharing deal, even as the leader of the victorious royalist party flew back to Phnom Penh.