Search

Search form

Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - DNUM writes...

DNUM writes...

DNUM writes...

The Editor,

In the Phnom Penh post issue of May 16-29,1997, Tricia Fitzgerald quoted Mr. Ieng

Sary, the Democratic National Union Movement chairman, as saying: "We will have

to point the gun if the electoral results are fair and the losing party does not

hand over power to the winner."

The DNUM spokesman is sorry that Miss Fitzgerald has misquoted the DNUM chairman's

words which leads to subsequent misinterpretation. We would like to make the following

clarification by quoting Mr. Ieng Sary's written interview of May 20, 1997 with Mr.

Francois Gerles of Cambodge Soir: "In case the losing parties refuse to recognize

the people's verdict and enter into dissent, the DNUM will not the hestitate to join

its forces to those of the winning party in order to restore the legality. We appeal

to everyone to abide by the Kingdom's institutions and laws and to make them respected."

The State institutions, such as first of all the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces,

must be independent from any political party, including DNUM, which is also a political

movement.

– Suong Sikoeun, Spokesman,

Democratic National Union Movement, Pailin.

(Editor replies: According to the official translation of the interview,

Mr Ieng Sary was asked the question 'Will you point the gun to fight the [election]

loser who keeps power by force?.' He replied: 'If necessary we will... if the election

results are fair and the losing party does not hand over power to the winner.

We acknowledge that the words 'we will have to the point gun in Mr Sary's published

quote should have been in parentheses, as they were taken from the question. We stand

by the accuracy of the article's reflection of Mr Sary's position on the election,

as stated by him in the interview.)

RECOMMENDED STORIES

  • Breaking: PM says prominent human rights NGO ‘must close’

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has instructed the Interior Ministry to investigate the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and potentially close it “because they follow foreigners”, appearing to link the rights group to the opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party's purported “revolution”. The CNRP - the

  • Rainsy and Sokha ‘would already be dead’: PM

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Sunday appeared to suggest he would have assassinated opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha had he known they were promising to “organise a new government” in the aftermath of the disputed 2013 national elections. In a clip from his speech

  • Massive ceremony at Angkor Wat will show ‘Cambodia not in anarchy’: PM

    Government officials, thousands of monks and Prime Minister Hun Sen himself will hold a massive prayer ceremony at Angkor Wat in early December to highlight the Kingdom’s continuing “peace, independence and political stability”, a spectacle observers said was designed to disguise the deterioration of

  • PM tells workers CNRP is to blame for any sanctions

    In a speech to workers yesterday, Prime Minister Hun Sen pinned the blame for any damage inflicted on Cambodia’s garment industry by potential economic sanctions squarely on the opposition party. “You must remember clearly that if the purchase orders are reduced, it is all