Despite the Foreign Ministry reiterating its request to suspend and renegotiate its repatriation agreement with the US – which allows for the deportation of Cambodians with criminal convictions living in the States back to the Kingdom – the timetable for such a plan remains uncertain. The Cambodian government first requested a temporary halt to the practice of deporting Cambodians – many of whom have been living in America since childhood – at the end of February. Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn repeated the position at a meeting with Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Patrick Murphy on Tuesday. US Embassy spokesman Jay Raman on April 26 said the joint commission will “convene in the coming months”. In the meantime, 31 Cambodian citizens are still slated for deportation and have been approved for repatriation by the Interior Ministry.