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Jan 1: His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk issued a statement noting that

in spite of droughts and floods during the 1960s, Cambodia still had enough rice

to feed its population and that at least 400,000 tons was available for export. In

1969 Cambodia exported 500,000 tons. As far as rubber, production was 51,000 tons

in 1968 versus only 25,000 tons in 1955.

Jan 2: Reuters reported: "Cambodian royalists picked a prominent paliamentarian

at the weekend to replace exiled Prince Norodom Sirivudh as secretary general of

their FUNCINPEC party, an official said. Loy Sim Chheang, first vice president of

the National Assembly, was appointed and approved to the post at a meeting on Dec

31. of the party steering committee, an aide to party leader co-Prime Minister Prince

Norodom Ranariddh said. He replaces King Norodom Sihanouk's half brother Prince Sirivudh....

Loy Sim Chheang, who spent many years in Japan before returning to Cambodia in the

early 1990s, is regarded as loyal to Prince Ranariddh."

Jan 4: Reuters reported: "Four Cambodian civilians were killed and

16 wounded when Khmer Rouge guerrillas attacked the western town of Poipet, a Thai

army officer said Jan 4. The Khmer Rouge fired three artillery shells into the trading

town on Thursday morning. One shell landed in the central market area where the casualties

occurred, the officer said.

Jan 4: A Photographic Exhibition to celebrate the completion of five Samdech

Euv Group projects was held at the Royal Palace under the presence of Their Majesties

King Norodom Sihanouk Varman and Queen Norodom Monineath Sihanouk. The five projects

of Samdech Euv group were funded by Japanese Grant Assistance for Grass-Roots Project

under the guidance of H.E. Kong Sam Ol. The projects included the construction of

a school and a clinic in Samdech Euv village, a school in Preah Soramarith-Sihanouk

village, a school and clinic in Preah Kossamak-Sihanouk village, and a school in

both Baset and Prambei Mum village. Total Japanese funding provided was US$101,550.

Jan 8: The Thai Embassy announced: "A group of 50 Royal Cambodian

Armed Forces officers left for Thailand over the weekend to undertake a training

course supported by the Ministry of Defense and Department of Technical and Economic

Cooperation of the Royal Thai Government. The two-month course, which takes place

in Phnom Sarakham District of Chachoengsao Province 8 Jan-10 Mar, is designed to

meet Cambodia's needs as the trainees will be equipped with various skllls in rural

development including agriculture, primary healthcare, family industry and technical

engineering...The Royal Thai Army has stepped up its non-lethal military cooperation

with its Cambodia counterpart in the past years..."

Jan 8: Reuters reported: "King Norodom Sihanouk will fly to Beijing

later this month for medical tests and treatment, the monarch said on Jan 7. Sihanouk,

in an address on state television, said he would travel to China as part of routine

treatment. The King appears to have made a full recovery after being diagnosed with

cancer in late 1993, but he has also suffered from arterial problems and was recently

diagnosed as having diabetes. Sihanouk said the date of his return depended on his

doctors but he was expected to be back in Cambodia for the mid-April Cambodian New


Jan 9: The Cambodian Dental Association of the Faculty of Dentristy opened

its 5th National Oral Health Conference.



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