BEIJING - King Norodom Sihanouk is out of hospital after successful cancer
therapy, a spokesman said. His Majesty is to return to home in time for the
April 13 New Year, but not before a call on his "best friend" North Korean
President Kim Il-sung, the spokesman added.
"His Majesty Norodom Sihanouk
has left the hospital and his health is good," the King's spokesman said on
Monday March 21 from His Majesty's walled residence in Beijing.
Sihanouk's treatment was successful. He can walk. He can do anything," the
spokesman said. "I don't think he needs to enter the hospital again, but of
course he must go in for regular checkups."
No date has been fixed for
Sihanouk's promised return to Cambodia, but the king is planning a traditional
spring visit to North Korea timed so he can arrive in Phnom Penh for the April
13 Cambodian New Year.
"He will be there for New Year, no doubt, but
before Cambodia he will go to Pyongyang to pay a call on Kim Il-sung," the
"Kim Il-sung is his majesty's best friend so he visits
every year, especially in April," he said.
As in Beijing, the King
maintains an opulent residence in the North Korean capital, courtesy of Kim's
cash-strapped and politically isolated Stalinist government.
spokesman said Sihanouk had not left his compound since being discharged last
week from Beijing's top hospital, Number 301, a closed military facility that
also nurses China's octogenarian Communist Party elite.
prostate cancer, which observers speculate may have spread to other parts of his
body, the 71-year-old King has been undergoing chemotherapy and had surgery in
Beijing since being diagnosed with the lethal illness last year.
chemical and radiation treatments resulted in the loss of the monarch's little
"We hope it will come back, but don't know yet," the
spokesman said. "His hair was always rather thin."-Reuters