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Roving reporter

How do you feel about the peace process, on the one year anniversary of the signing

of the Paris accords?

Mech Song Khmer Farmer

"Some signs of peace are showing in Cambodia-the stability and standard of living

is better, especially in the towns. The problem is the Khmer Rouge disagree to disarm.

But anyway, we believe the U.N. can solve this matter."

Sunsodany Khmer Economics Student

"Well, it's more stable than before, but crime and prostitution is increasing

terribly since UNTAC came."

Pen Sarin Khmer Phnom Penh soldier

"We want peace very much for the Cambodian people but Pol Pot's party doesn't

want to disarm and they also have carried out sabotage in Phnom Penh and the country

side. However the process is better than before the peace accords were signed in

Paris last year, and some things are getting better-there's less fighting overall

and more stability."

Kann Man Khmer FUNCINPEC member

"Some parties still aren't following the peace accords, and the elections are

coming soon. The parties that are still in dispute with each other need to work things

out. UNTAC is not yet in total control of the factions' administrations, and the

SNC does not have real power yet. The people are afraid because there are parties

that still have too much power and guns. There's been some progress, though, and

on the whole I'm optimistic about the future."

Björn Alm Swedish UNTAC Civilian-Police

"The resolution of the current situation depends on the Khmer Rouge, but otherwise

things are going quiet well."

Hak Try Khmer High School Teacher

"There is not 100 percent peace in Cambodia but it's better than before. The

obstacle is Pol Pot who has not disarmed. However I'm optimistic that peace will

come to the Cambodian people if all the parties work together."

Bo Rin Khmer Policeman

"Peace is not really happening in Cambodia. The guerrillas are still fighting

in the countryside."

Bulan Kowkhanchit Thai Assistant Managing Director Cambodia Int'l Airlines
"Even though peace has been signed, there's no proper peace in Cambodia-but

the signing of the peace is better than nothing. The outside world is concerned about

Cambodia, though, and is trying to help with humanitarian aid. I hope there will

be more stability and progress for the Cambodian people, which they deserve after

so many years of hardship."

Clint Moore Australian Visitor Coordinator World Vision
"The peace is not really peace with the Khmer Rouge still fighting-there's

a lot of crime in Phnom Penh and economic problems as well. The piece of paper signed

in Paris doesn't seem to mean much to the Khmer Rouge and other factions.



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