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Editor's clarification

The editor regrets errors in publishing the analysis piece "Snatching Defeat

from the Jaws of Victory" by Brad Adams in the January 22-February 4, 1999 issue.

The Post mistakenly published an earlier draft of the article instead of the final

draft submitted by Adams for publication.

Unfortunately, the differences in the two pieces are too numerous to enumerate here,

and the piece was too long to reprint in this issue.

One difference was in the title, which should have been in the form of a question:

"Snatching Defeat from the Jaws of Victory?"

Another example is in the final paragraph which Adams intended to publish but which

was omitted:

ëIf a tribunal ever indicts any of Pailin's residents and the Cambodian authorities

attempt to act on an arrest warrant, it will be more difficult than ever to carry

out an arrest. That the famous chess player from Takhmao could have let himself be

maneuvered into this position seems incredible.

Now it is his responsibility to find a way out. Otherwise, King Sihanouk's suggestion

after the amnesty of Ieng Sary in 1996 that the co-prime ministers had "saved

the Khmer Rouge from a certain death" could turn out to be Hun Sen's most lasting

legacy.

For Cambodians the price of this mistake may be to lose out on the last chance to

see their tormentors finally held accountable for their grisly deeds and to prove

to the world and themselves that there is room enough in Cambodia for both justice

and peace.'

The Post regrets any misunderstandings caused by this unintentional editing error.

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