I am delighted at the news that Hun Sen's government has
agreed to a US Government humanitarian offer to accept some 900 Montagnard
refugees from Vietnam who had crossed the border into Cambodia, but whose
voluntary repatriation into Vietnam the UNHCR had subsequently refused to
facilitate, accusing both the Vietnamese and Cambodian Governments of violating
their accords with UNHCR on this matter. (By the way, I wish that Australia had
offered to take some of these Montagnard refugees). But am I being paranoid, or
was this-before the US Government's timely humanitarian decision - another
example of the UN system trying to wrong-foot Cambodia and to leave it in a
situation in which it would again be accused by the world of violating human
rights (and, for good measure, acting at the behest of Vietnam) ?
is becoming a pattern of UN and UN agency behaviour towards Cambodia under Kofi
Annan, when is someone going to call Annan's bluff? Does the UN have nothing
better to do than to bully Cambodia?
- Tony Kevin, Canberra, Australia