Clarification by King Norodom Sihanouk, King of Cambodia.
April 26, 1995.
Certain journalists and newspapers (for the most part foreign) have written
or are writing that my wife (Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk) wanted or wants
to make our son, Samdech Krom Khun Norodom Sihamoni, the new King of Cambodia,
upon the death of Norodom Sihanouk.
My wife and I energetically protest
against the expression of such an untruth.
The truth is that neither
Queen Monineath, nor Sihamoni, nor myself would permit or will permit ourselves
to interfere in the affairs of the sovereign Cambodian people whose 1993
Consitution must and should be scrupulously and totally respected as much as the
letter of the law as in spirit.
According to this Constitution, upon the
death of the King, the new King will be elected by the Royal Council composed of
the two Supreme Patriachs of the Buddhist monkhoods (Samdech Preah
Sanghareachs), the President and the two Vice-Presidents of the National
Assembly, and the Prime Ministers.
My wife, Queen Norodom Monineath
Sihanouk, has never expressed the wish to see Norodom Sihamoni become King And
Norodom Sihamoni himself has declined clearly that he is not and will not be a
candidate for the Cambodian throne.
In conclusion, I state precisely that
neither my wife, nor myself will or would allow ourselves to exert any influence
whatsoever on the members of the Royal Council, who won't receive advise or
"wishes" from anyone.