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The Gecko: 29 August, 1997

The Gecko: 29 August, 1997

When the airport was looted RAC lost its passenger ramp, that big stairway on

wheels used to get people on and off planes. What would anybody possibly want to

do with that contraption, RAC officials must have mused. But wait, there are no limits

to the ingenuity of the human mind. The ramp was finally found - to the chagrinned

amusement of RAC top brass - several kilometers from the airport in a small village

being pushed around by a gaggle of kids whose pals, sitting on top, were having a

grand old time plucking mangos from treetops now well within their sweet-toothed


** The French embassy compound, after taking around 30 badly aimed B-40 rocket

shells during the fightting at the FUNCINPEC headquarters, one of which slammed into

the Ambassador's office making a bee-line for his toilet, has just found an unexploded

round in their gardens. CMAC was called to remove it but said it needed to be detonated

in-place. Be advised, if you live in the neighborhood and hear an explosion, the

situation is under control.

** Still no word on the whereabouts of Chea Chutt, the governor of Kep. But

word from the south is that his wife has left for Thailand and their house at the

seaside resort is up for sale.

** The US House of Representatives Resolution on Cambodia passed on July 28

has an interesting clause which reads: "(10) the United States and the Association

of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) should coordinate efforts to restore (emphasis

added) democracy, stability, and the rule of law in Cambodia." Wait a minute!

Is there anyone, anywhere out there who can recall when the Kingdom ever had "democracy,

stability and the rule of law" all at the same time?

** Fans of Chhang Song, an advisor to Samdech Chea Sim, are a bit puzzled.

They say he was recently seen on TV giving a press conference at the National Press

Club in Washington, DC but that he had dyed his hair black.

** The debate will probably go on for years: Who fired the first shot on July

5? One sleuth who has tried to figure it out says he's convinced that Bun Chhay's

boys at Tang Krasang pulled the trigger first when they saw tanks coming their way

from the south. Great. All well and good. But what were the tanks doing? Coming to

deliver the mail?