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KR envoy opposes 'entente'

Khmer Rouge Ambassador In So-pheap, the faction's current representative

in Phnom Penh, gave an interview to the Post on 8 March. He articulated

the KR position on these issues to Nate Thayer:

Peace talks: They

[the government] have no support from the people. They are very weak.

Their only resource is military means. All their stock is in military means.

Their aim is to destroy the five point peace plan. They do not want peace. The

five point peace plan means the unity of all the forces in the government. That

means Cambodia will be run by the four parties and a truly national

government....only national reconciliation on the basis of the five point peace

plan can solve the problem. Because they cannot win and we cannot win because

the western countries will never let the DK win the war like in 1975, but the

Vietnamese and the two headed government cannot win either.

Western powers: Their [government] soldiers are fighting against their

will. This war is financed by western powers. What we call the "entente". They

give money. When you give money and the money goes to fighting, that is

supporting the war. The so-called humanitarian assistance like demining - all

this is for fighting against Anlong Veng and elsewhere. About medical

assistance, it is also for the fighting. The blood banks are used for the

fighting....they cannot win militarily or politically so, one day when the

"entente" sees there is no way out, they will accept the five point plan. We

hope they will realize this sooner rather than later...who can put pressure on

Funcinpec but the western powers? Only the CPP wants the fighting. The majority

of Funcinpec do not want it. So why do they fight? Because there is pressure

form the "entente". In the "entente" we cite three countries - the United

States, France, and Australia.

Funcinpec: It is not to late for HRH Prince Ranariddh and Funcinpec to

come to the five point peace plan. If they support it our people will support

them. But if they continue this way our nation and people will not have peace

and also they will have no political future. If Ranariddh chooses to follow the

CPP path of fighting he will not be very popular. Peace is always popular.

Foreign Aid to Cambodia: The donor countries can do very very good

things for our people, if they use their aid to put the pressure on the

two-headed government to make peace. But to help a government you should make

peace. But if they just give money, what percentage of that money do they use to

buy armaments to fight? There is no money to increase the salary of teachers,

they say themselves that 20 percent of the people have no housing, but they

spend money on fighting.

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