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Ungrounded Accusation


Following your article "Foreign Investors Return to Phnom Penh" published

in your newspaper on July 2-15, 1993 quoting a U.N. critic, I would like to make

the following clarification:

  1. During the years of struggle, FUNCINPEC refugee camp known as Site B was recognized

    by honest observers, journalists and UNBRO itself as the best organized camp along

    the border.

  2. At the very beginning, the zones under the control of FUNCINPEC were nothing

    but heavily mined jungle and scattered villages in this north-western part of Cambodia.

  3. The first ever U.N. mission to these zones conducted by Mr. Dennis Mcnamara in

    May 1990 confirmed the reality of this very undeveloped areas. Despite our consistent

    appeals for help, NGO organizations and UNDP agree to send survey mission only by

    the end of 1992.

  4. With the moderate support from USAID and our own little means, FUNCINPEC has

    succeeded to put together a Community Development Program which has achieved the

    following results: built more than 60 new schools and 3 hospitals, rehabilitated

    economic routes with more than 100 kms, reservoirs, ponds, and now in the FUNCINPEC

    controlled zones, we have a functioning school system, medical care free of charge,

    and support to villagers in the field of agriculture.

It is unfair to make such comment, thus I would recommend this U.N. official to

visit together with me our zones at his convenience.

For the sake of reality and good information to the readers of your very esteemed

newspaper, I request this letter to be published in your column.

- EK Sereywath, Vice-Minister of Information



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