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DNUM rejects Huot bid

A KEY former Khmer Rouge general has opposed the nomination of Ung Huot as a replacement

of ousted First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh.

"For me and our movement, I oppose the appointment of Ung Huot," said Ee

Chhean, military commander of the Democratic National United Movement (DNUM) of more

than 3,000 former KR in Pailin.

Chhean told Reuters July 28 that he wanted the United Nations to step in to help

restore peace, and organize the next elections.

"The political situation will return to normal only if the United Nations steps


"I am very disappointed and upset by developments in Phnom Penh. There should

not be bloodshed like this."

Chhean said Ranariddh could use Pailin as a springboard to venture to the important

town of Battambang, in northweast Cambodia, if the Prince won support of the UN and


"He can use Pailin as an entry point if the UN and ASEAN backed him," said




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