It its publication of November 23, 2001 the Phnom Penh Post's article on page 6 entitled
"Demobilization's house of mirrors" has reported that I, Sisowath Sirirath,
had mentioned in the King College's magazine of October, 2000 which is based in London,
that there were between 20,000 and 30,000 soldiers only in the Royal Cambodian Armed
Therefore I wish to set the record straight as follows:
- The number of RCAF soldiers reported in the Phnom Penh Post is baseless and incorrect.
I wish to draw the attention of loyal readers that they chould base all my interviews
about the RCAF with the Cambodia Daily since 1999 until now.
- I have never given any interview to reporters of King College magazine.
- I wish to reiterate that since the RCAF demobilization program started in January
until now [end of November] there are 119,000 soldiers currently serving in the armed
ñ Sisowath Sirirath, Co-Minister of Defense
Brad Adams replies:
Co-Minister of Defense Prince Sisowath Sirirath gave a figure of 'between 20,000-30,000
soldiers in RCAF' to King's College researcher Dylan Hendrickson in October, 2000.
Hendrickson worked for Funcinpec from 1991-93 and now works at the King's College
Centre for Defence Studies in London. The reference can be found in the April 2001
issue of the 'Journal of Conflict, Security & Development,' page 75 and page
81, footnote 23.