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Cambodia Needs Peace

The Cambodian people want to end the civil war and are looking forward to a democratic

government, but the Khmer Rouge refuse to lay down their arms. It seems to me that

their leaders Pol Pot and Khieu Samphan and their politburo members are very worried

about their fates.

The elections to be held in May 1993 under the supervision of the United Nations

will be a rebirth of democracy in Cambodia. The wheel of the Cambodian destiny is

moving forward toward democracy and development and the Cambodian people are very

happy and grateful to the world for helping them resolve their political problems,

which were created by decades of the hot and cold wars of the superpowers.

Cambodia has always been in the sideshow position, but the people have suffered more

than in neighboring countries. The climax of this suffering was during the Khmer

Rouge reign of terror, which lasted nearly four years, starved innocent people and

killed nearly half of the population of 8 million.

Although more than a year has elapsed since the Cambodian peace treaty was signed,

the Khmer Rouge are still playing circus instead of telling the truth about their

fears for their own survival.

They still accuse the United Nations of not implementing the peace process properly,

and claim that Vietnamese troops are still in Cambodia. If this is so, why didn't

the Khmer Rouge capture some of these Vietnamese soldiers and turn them over to the

United Nations?

The Cambodian people would never tolerate Vietnamese soldiers in Cambodia and the

United Nations would surely get reports of sightings because the people understand

the United Nations is here to help save Cambodia.

Cambodia needs a strong American foreign policy stance on the Khmer Rouge. America

must not allow the Khmer Rouge to regain control of Cambodia. America must not let

the prestige of the United Nations down.

People around the world who love peace and are watching the Cambodian crisis believe-with

the support of the United Nations-that America can save Cambodia and force the Khmer

Rouge back to the bargaining table by telling them that Cambodia will be run by elected

officials and not by the Vietnamese.

The world under the leadership of the U.N. Permanent Five members must stand tall.

This time the world has no excuse to allow the Khmer Rouge to destroy the people

of Cambodia.

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