Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Comment: Options for building political stability

Comment: Options for building political stability

Comment: Options for building political stability

Hann So ponders the choices open to the government after the failure of peace

talks

The failure of the round table talks between the Royal Government

of Cambodia (RGC) and the Khmer Rouge on June 15-16, and the closure of the

Khmer Rouge office in Phnom Penh will create instability in the country. Renewed

fighting between government forces and the Khmer Rouge will eventually

intensify. The Khmer people will continue to suffer and die.

To create a

political stability for Cambodia, three options can be considered:

1) The

RGC declares an all-out war against the Khmer Rouge. Should the Khmer Rouge be

outlawed? If the RGC believes that there is no peaceful solution to this

unending problem, it is strategically good to outlaw the Khmer Rouge. This will

force Thailand to stop granting visas to the Khmer Rouge, thus preventing them

from traveling through Thailand.

If the RGC wants to maintain unity among

its own rank and still believes in a political solution, it can continue to keep

the door open while fighting the Khmer Rouge. The latter are already considered

outlaws when they refused to participate in the 1993 UN-supervised elections

MOST VIEWED

  • WHO: Covid in Cambodia goes into new phase

    The World Health Organisation (WHO) in Cambodia said that Cambodia has reached a new phase of the pandemic with “decreasing case numbers, high vaccination coverage and a more transmissible circulating variant threatening a hidden surge”. In a press release on September 6, the WHO said that

  • Purging Sihanoukville’s past with a new masterplan

    Amid illicit activities, haphazard development and abandoned projects, the coastal city of Sihanouk province needs a reset to move forward. A new masterplan might be the answer to shake off its seemingly mucky image to become the Shenzhen of the south Gun toting, shootouts, police

  • 'Pursue your goals, reach out to me': Young diplomat tapped as envoy to South Korea

    Chring Botum Rangsay was a secretary of state at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation before being designated as the new Cambodian ambassador to South Korea. According to her official CV published on the foreign ministry’s website, she started her first government

  • International air visitor arrivals dip 93%

    The number of foreign tourists entering Cambodia through the Kingdom’s three international airports witnessed a sharp 92.5 per cent year-on-year decline in the first seven months of this year, according to the Ministry of Tourism. The airports handled 51,729 international tourists in the January-July period versus

  • School reopening ‘offers model for other sectors’

    World Health Organisation (WHO) representative to Cambodia Li Ailan said school reopening process should be used as a role model for reopening other sectors currently mothballed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Li strongly supports the government’s decision to reopen schools, saying it is a decision

  • Covid jab drive for 6-11 age group to begin Sept 17

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has permitted Covid-19 vaccinations for over 1.8 million children aged 6-11 across the country from September 17 in order for them to return to school after a long hiatus. Hun Sen also hinted that vaccinations for the 3-6 age group will follow in