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PM recalls win-win strategy as Cambodia marks anniversary of Paris Peace Agreement

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A general view of the Cambodian Peace Conference where the Paris Peace Accords were signed, on October 23, 1991. ERIN FEFERBERG/AFP

PM recalls win-win strategy as Cambodia marks anniversary of Paris Peace Agreement

As Cambodia commemorates the 30th anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreement on October 23, Prime Minister Hun Sen recalled his win-win strategy that eventually brought about full peace in 1998 after decades of war and factional conflict.

The prime minister noted that on October 23, 1991, four parties signed a peace accord in the French capital Paris in the presence of eyewitnesses from 18 countries with the participation of the UN to end civil war in Cambodia.

The four parties, he said, consisted of himself representing the Cambodian government; FUNCINPEC movement represented by the late King Father Norodom Sihanouk and Prince Norodom Ranariddh; Khmer People's National Liberation Front (KPNLF) represented by the late Son San; and Democratic Kampuchea represented by its general secretary Khieu Samphan, the Khmer Rouge's Brother Number Four.

Before reaching the Paris Peace Agreement on October 23, Hun Sen said he met with the late King Father on December 2, 1987, for a negotiation at Fere-en-Tardenois in northern France where they eventually signed a joint communique dubbed the Sihanouk-Hun Sen Fere-en-Tardenois Negotiation December 2-4, 1987.

The prime minister said it was followed by another Sihanouk-Hun Sen negotiation on January 20-21, 1988, at Saint-Germain-en-Laye and other places in France.

Despite the Paris Peace Agreement on October 23, 1991, Hun Sen said civil war in Cambodia had dragged on between government forces and the Democratic Kampuchea side led by Pol Pot.

"Under Hun Sen's win-win strategy, the civil war came to an end in 1998 when Cambodia achieved full peace and prosperity until today,” Hun Sen said.


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