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In Review: Khmers Allowed to Travel Abroad Without Exit Visas

Cambodian citizens will be allowed to go abroad without applying for State of Cambodia

Foreign Ministry visas, according to a communique issued Sept. 14.

According to the Foreign Ministry's communique, all Cambodian citizens who already

have passports can keep them and travel to any countries where entry-visas are given,

without needing in-out visas issued by the SOC Foreign Ministry.

The communique said those who wanted passports had to apply for them at the Foreign

Ministry through provincial or municipal authorities where they resided and present

the necessary documents.

The new regulation became effective beginning Sept. 21, according to SPK, the official

government news agency.

In the past Cambodians were not allowed to go abroad unless they got in-out visas

from the Foreign Ministry and their passports had to be handed over to the Ministry

immediately after their return, SPK reported.

U.S. Hands Out "Ready to Eat" Meals to Cantoned Soldiers

(AP) - The U.S. Envoy gave UNTAC peacekeepers 1.5 million "Meals Ready

to Eat" on Sept. 20 to feed Cambodian soldiers being held for demobilization

in U.N.-supervised barracks.

"It will be a nice treat," said Charles H. Twining, head of the U.S. Mission

to Cambodia, as the meals were unloaded at a Phnom Penh dock.

The meals, worth U.S. $4.5 million, were leftovers from the Gulf War, which ended

before U.S. soldiers had a chance to eat them, said Mark Storella, second secretary

to the mission.

The packets of spaghetti, chicken stew, and macaroni with beef come with goodies

like chewing gum, Kool-aid, cheese cake and cherry crumb cake-all foreign to the

traditional Cambodian diet of rice and fish.

"Their palate may not be used to it, but I'm sure they'll enjoy the novelty

and variety," said Australian Lt. Col. Richard Palk, U.N. military spokesman.

"The important part is that it will supplement their subsistence diet."

Each of the 25,000 troops waiting for demobilization in U.N. barracks are to receive

one Meal Ready to Eat a week to supplement the fish and rice they are given by the

World Food Program. The soldier's adult relatives each will receive two of the meal

packets a week and their children will be given one a week.

U.N. peacekeepers are to disarm all 170,000 Cambodian troops so they can demobilize

the country for elections by next May. But because the Khmer Rouge has refused to

disarm, the operation is months behind schedule.



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