S ECOND Prime Minister Hun Sen confirmed a newspaper's report about an alleged attempt
to kill him in order to make a new record in Cambodian history, but was still uncertain
if the source of information was reliable.
"The plan was set for 1996 at the latest. It is true, based on the two witnesses,
but whether the speaker [the source of information] was telling the truth, I don't
know," Hun Sen told reporters on Nov 14.
The two witnesses are So Naro and Cheam Phary who, according to Hun Sen, played for
him a tape which recorded a conversation about an assassination attempt.
So Naro, secretary general of the Khmer Journalists Association (KJA), told the Post
that the information was taped in a conversation he had with Funcinpec Secretary
General Prince Norodom Sirivudh at the party headquarters at the end of October.
But, Naro broke the story only last week in an edition of Angkor Thmei (New Angkor)
newspaper, of which he is the publisher. The story quoted Prince Sirivudh as saying
that there would be an attempt to murder Hun Sen to make a change in history. The
story did not identify the alleged plotter.
At press time, Prince Sirivudh was in Siem Reap and could not be contacted for comment.
Hun Sen said that the alleged plotters would launch an ambush on his convoy of vehicles
on the road with simultaneous firing of B-40 rockets, and if this attempt failed,
another effort would be carried out in the Royal Palace during the Khmer New Year
He said that neither did he have "immortal life," nor was he "a target
for anybody to shoot." He described the desire of the unnamed "politician-extremists"
to change the course of history by killing him as "cowardly, disgraceful and
Although he would die only once, such an event would not just end with his death,
he warned. "The story will continue and I don't know how long it will be. But,
maybe more Hun Sens will be born," he said, in an apparent reference to his
He said that First Premier Prince Norodom Ranariddh and he signed a letter on Nov.
14 instructing the Ministry of Interior to investigate the alleged plot.
Hok Lundy, chief of National Police, said that due to the threat and experience from
the lapse of security that led to the recent killing of Israeli Premier Yitzak Rabin,
security around the country's leaders would be tightened up.