Having been ill for several weeks during September and October, 1992, I didn't have
time to read most of the newspapers I normally read because of their articles on
This morning, I read an article deliberately opposing Sihanouk and my government
of the Popular Socialist Community (Sanghum Reastr Niyum) signed by Michael Vickery
and published in the Phnom Penh Post, Sept. 25, 1992.
In this article by Michael Vickery there were many "details" that this
gentleman would like to present as historical facts and which were only written to
drag my name unjustly through the mud and to discredit my former party, the Popular
Lacking the time before attending a meeting of the Supreme National Council with
UNTAC, I cannot respond sufficiently to all the incorrect and unjust accusations
against me by Mr. Michael Vickery. However, let me re-establish certain truths as
- 1. Mr. Vickery wrote that the elections in 1955, "although supervised
by the International Control Commission...and declared 'correct' by the supervisors-were
really Cambodia's first crooked elections."
To accuse me of dishonesty in an election strictly controlled by an absolutely neutral
and vigilant India, Poland-who at this period reflected a pro-Khmer Vietminh and
anti-Sihanouk viewpoint-and Canada, representing the "Free World," non-Sihanoukist
stance and during this period opposed by Sihanouk-is to go too far in the realm of
2. During the 1980s, I never approved the intention or the idea that my cousin
Bour Hell should commercially exploit the rich forests in the FUNCINPEC zone. Quite
3. Mr. Michael Vickery, at the end of his article, expressed the belief that
I might again lead my nation towards disaster as during the years 1955 and afterwards.
Many western writers, having respect only for themselves and not for historical truth
or the ideals of objectivity and justice, have written that the era of the Popular
Socialist Community (my regime during the years 1955 to 1969) were, in all respects,
a "disaster" for Cambodia, when in reality this was the only honorable
and constructive period for Cambodia in the 20th century.
In this regard, the evidence of honest journalists (even western), of objective diplomats
(even western), and very important personalities symbolizing honesty, such as the
former Senator and ex-Ambassador Mike Mansfield of the U.S.A. are not lacking, such
testimonies have confirmed the positive, constructive and beneficial role (for Cambodia
and its people) of the Popular Socialist Community during the years 1955 to 1969.
- Norodom Sihanouk