Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Interior Minister slams UNTAC



Interior Minister slams UNTAC

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Cambodia’s Interior Minister Sar Kheng. POST STAFF

Interior Minister slams UNTAC

Interior Minister Sar Kheng has slammed the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) which organised the 1993 elections.

He said there were irregularities under UNTAC’s supervision of the polls, and despite spending $2 billion to bring democracy and peace to the country, war still prevailed.

He made his remarks when hitting back at the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in Cambodia, Rhona Smith. She had urged the government to stop intimidating voters and respect citizens’ rights.

During a meeting on Sunday with Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) members in Prey Veng province’s Preah Sdach district, Kheng asked: “The $2 billion that the United Nations spent . . . what did it achieve?

“Cambodia was still disunited and [there was] war. That [election] was organised by UNTAC. At that time, we had a huge number of complaints."

“[UNTAC] transported ballot boxes by aeroplane and did not allow party observers to follow. [The ballot boxes] were kept in a safe place. Party agents were allowed to enter from 8am to 5pm or 6pm only, and in the end the ballot papers were all ticked,” he said.

The UN could not be contacted for comment regarding Kheng’s allegations.

Political analyst Meas Ny said that the UN has helped Cambodia by bringing peace and stability, and that it had helped organise elections that were internationally recognised.

“If the UN did not help, the fighting in Cambodia will still be going on today and [so] we have to acknowledge its help.”

MOST VIEWED

  • Would you like fries with that? US burger chain makes Phnom Penh debut

    California-based The Habit Burger Grill restaurant chain is all set to serve up a delicious array of charbroiled burgers and sides at its newest international location in the centre of Phnom Penh. The Habit is “renowned for its award-winning Charburgers grilled over an open flame,

  • Phnom Penh underpass opens to ease traffic

    Prime Minister Hun Sen has announced a temporary opening of the 488m underpass at the Chaom Chao roundabout in Phnom Penh’s Por Sen Chey district, which was recently completed to connect traffic from National Road 4 to Russian Federation Blvd. The move is to reduce

  • ‘No chance Cambodia booted out of ASEAN’

    A group of former and current Cambodian diplomats on Tuesday fired back at retired Singaporean diplomat Bihalari Kausikan after he proposed that ASEAN dismiss Cambodia and Laos from the bloc. In an open letter, the Cambodian diplomats said Kausikan’s remarks were made from a

  • Woman seeks answers after arrest of American partner

    Filipina Lalaine de Guzman, 48, is demanding answers for the detention of her American partner by Cambodian immigration officers after he was arrested at their home almost 90 days ago. She said without an arrest warrant or proffering any criminal charges, Stephen Sidney Greatsinger, 56, is being detained

  • Banteay Meanchey flood victims receive aid

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday provided aid to more than 10,000 families affected by flooding in Banteay Meanchey province’s Mongkol Borei district and offered his condolences to the 18 victims who drowned in the province over the past week. He said flooding had occured in

  • PM urges caution as Polish man tests positive for Covid

    The Ministry of Health on Wednesday reported that a 47-year-old Polish man tested positive for Covid-19 after arriving in Cambodia on Monday. There are a total of six Covid-19 patients currently in the country, all of whom are being treated at the Khmer-Soviet Friendship Hospital