Your prestigious newspaper, Phnom Penh Post, published, in its recent edition of
July 16-29,1993 two articles written by Mr. John C. Brown entitled: "Assembly
Decries Lack of U.N. Help" pages 1 and 2, and "For the Record: The Assembly-The
Swearing in of the New Government" on page 7 in which the author misquoted me
on two occasions. I would therefore, like to bring to your attention the following
In the first article "Assembly Decries Lack of U.N. Help" entitled: "Assembly
Wants More Support" on pages 1 and 2 Mr. Brown wrote: "Tol Lah said that
the Assemblymen have not been given a draft Constitution by Prince Norodom Sihanouk,
but have received advice from Co-President Prince Ranariddh..."
Mr. Brown simply mixed between H.R.H.Samdech Head of State and H.R.H.Sdech Krom Luong
Co-President of the PNGC in his quotation. The right quotation on page 2 paragraph
2 of the article "Assembly Wants More Support" would be:..." The Assemblymen
have not been given a draft Constitution by Co-President Prince Ranariddh, but have
received advice from Prince Norodom Sihanouk on some elements of a future Constitution.''
Prince Norodom Sihanouk suggested that polygamy and capital punishment should continue
to be outlawed (...). But Prince Sihanouk has taken the position that it is up to
the Constituent Assembly to write the Constitution, he said."
In the same line, the right quotation of the second article "For the Record:
The Assembly-The Swearing in of the New Government" on page 7 would be: "the
text used in the swearing in ceremony came from Prince Sihanouk (...) But Tol Lah
says, when they read the text that Prince Sihanouk provided, they decided unanimously
to accept his."
I would be very much obliged to you to publish this letter of mine in the columns
Letters & Commentary of your next edition.
- Lt. Gen. Tol Lah, General Secretary, National Assembly