The Cambodian People's Party has issued its official line on the tumultuous events
of recent months and its vision for the next elections. The following is a lightly-edited
version of a communiqué issued at the end of the 23rd Plenum of the CPP Central
Committee held in Phnom Penh Oct 25-27.
1) The Plenum expresses its profound gratitude and highest respect to His
Majesty Preah Bat Norodom Sihanouk, our sacred King of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and
her Majesty the Queen who had stayed in the country and spent Their efforts to work
well with the Royal Government and granted audiences to Their children and grandchildren
at all levels in contribution to the service of our nation. The Plenum respectfully
wishes Him best of health so as to remain as the cool shade for His people who are
His children and grandchildren.
2) The Plenum is of view that before 5 and 6 July 1997, the activities of
Ranariddh and his close associates had gone beyond the framework of political competition
conducive to the use of violence, terrorist acts, [and] even went to the length of
using military forces in their bid for power. More importantly, they have joined
hands with the outlawed Khmer Rouge rebels, which constitutes a serious breach of
law. If this situation could not be contained on time, it [would] pave the way for
the return of the genocidal regime. The event of 5-6 July 1997 was provoked by the
extremists led by Norodom Ranariddh and his cronies while the government operation
was the most legal and correct one with the aim of suppressing their illegal acts
in collusion with the outlawed Khmer Rogue forces. And this was to strengthen the
rule of law and to protect the Constitution and the interests of the Cambodian nation
and the people.
3) The Plenum is of the view that the success of the Government forces during
the event of 5-6 July has timely destroyed the genocidal alliance between Pol Pot,
Ta Mok, Khieu Samphan and Ranariddh [...] by avoiding the inestimable danger for
Cambodia, thus making the political stability even more better [...] The institutions
of the government, judiciary, National Assembly and the King continue to function,
and the freedom and rights of the people as well as the democratic practices have
been consolidated. All of these have created new favorable conditions for the ongoing
march of Cambodia, specially for the holding of the General Elections scheduled on
23 May 1997.
4) The Plenum has also assessed that the quick return to normalcy following
the event of 5-6 July 1997 has made the general political situation even more positive
and economic activities proceed normally although a number of complicated problems
remain to be addressed. The most important point is that the Plenum expresses its
full support for the 8-point order of the Royal Government which was announced by
Second Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen. This 8-point-order has widely been supported
and brought satisfactory results, thus stabilizing the political security, creating
an atmosphere of mutual trust without fear, speeding up the process of respecting
law and human rights, and creating facilities for the quick [return to] normalcy
of social life.
5) The Plenum would like to express its high appreciation and profound gratitude
to people from all social strata, Government officials and civil servants, employees,
workers, armed forces, political forces, and our compatriots living abroad who have
joined the Royal Government and the CPP to successfully solve the complicated problems.
6) The Plenum also wishes to sincerely congratulate all CPP officials and
members who have been in firm unity and foiled all maneuvers orchestrated by the
outlawed Khmer Rouge and their allies who keep using all means and forms to destroy
The Plenum sincerely thanks our compatriots living abroad who have followed with
keen interest the development of the situation in Cambodia and correctly understand
the reality on the ground and give justice to the Cambodian People's Party.
The Plenum also expressed its gratitude to the friendly countries and non-governmental
organizations which continue to support the Royal Government of Cambodia and assist
the Cambodian people.
7) As far as the election is concerned, the Plenum would like to express its
support for all measures taken with the aim of holding the Parliamentary elections
on 23 May 1998.
The Plenum supports the appeal for the return of politicians, officials and civil
servants who have fled the country because of fear in order to resume their work
and join political activities in conformity with the law in force, in contribution
to the building of peace, stability, development and the strengthening of the rule
The Plenum would like to appeal to all those concerned to strive to implement the
8-point-order of the Royal Government aimed at creating a neutral political environment
conducive to the holding of a free, fair and just election as mandated by the Constitution.
The Plenum kindly requests the Royal Government and competent authorities to ensure
true transparency in the process of holding the upcoming election, absolutely preventing
all threats and intimidation and terrorist acts, providing full safety and security
to all political parties and personalities, and equality between parties on the use
of State-run media.
The CPP undeviatingly sticks to its position, that is to say the elections must be
organized by Cambodia herself, welcomes local and international observers, and accepts
the role of the Special Representative of the UN General Secretary as the coordinator
of international observers.
The CPP welcomes financial assistance from foreign countries to organize the upcoming
The 23 May 1998 General Election will be organized by Cambodia herself in line with
free, fair and just principles. The CPP would like to solemnly declare that it will
respect the results of the upcoming elections.
8) The CPP continues to put into practice the policy of national reconciliation
with all political forces regardless of their past on the basis of respecting the
Constitution, law in force, human rights and democracy in Cambodia. It is in this
sense, the CPP continues to implement the policy of alliance with all allied parties
and other political parties before, during and after the elections. The CPP wishes
to emphasize that if it wins the 1998 elections, it will form a coalition government
with the participation of a large number of political parties.
9) The CPP supports the major economic policies, that is to say the stabilization
of the macro-economy, prevention of inflation, maintenance of economic growth and
the establishment of a solid foundation for sustainable development.
The CPP continues to support and boost economic development by giving priorities
to four areas, namely agriculture, physical infrastructure, electricity and human
resource development. It continues to focus on rural development, address the people's
difficulties, and improve their living conditions.
10) The Plenum continues to strictly carry out the policy of preventing the
return of the genocidal regime and support the establishment of an international
tribunal to prosecute those responsible for genocide and those who act in connivance
The CPP strongly condemns all activities which attempt to disinform the public opinion,
to help alleviate or cover the blunders and crimes of the genocidal ringleaders -
Pol Pot, Ta Mok, Khieu Samphan. A case in point is the use of various electronic
media to serve the above-mentioned purposes. These acts are tantamount to looking
down on the memories of the more than three million Cambodian people who have been
killed during the genocidal period and also on the conscience of the whole of humanity.
11) The CPP continues to implement a foreign policy of friendship, peace,
cooperation with all political parties and countries all over the world, irrespective
of their political tendencies, based on the principle of respecting each others'
independence and sovereignty.
The Central Committee of the Cambodian People's Party would like to appeal to CPP
parties and members at all levels, both inside and outside the country, to enhance
their spirit of internal unity and solidarity around the CPP Central Committee and
Standing Committee in order to create a strong force in the accomplishment of all
the Party's political tasks laid down by the 23rd Plenum for the cause of the nation
and people, particularly in our march towards the Parliamentary elections in 1998.
Phnom Penh, 27 October 1997