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King: "I deplore the hostility ... toward myself"

King: "I deplore the hostility ... toward myself"

Statement of King Norodom Sihanouk King of Cambodia

In my name and in the name of the Royal Cambodia Family, I have the honor to formally

declare:

1) We are not forming and we will never form a group of anti-Hun Sen or

anti-CPP "plotters".

2) We have no intention, no desire to contravene in any way the current Constitution

of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
3) My son, Samdech Krom Preah NORODOM RANARIDDH and his FUNCINPEC have no

intention or desire to quit the present Royal Khmer Government of the present National

Assembly of the Kingdom of Cambodia.

4) I have no intention to enter into the political arena to ask, by a popular

vote, for governmental power.

I said, to a Parisian newspaper, that in 1993 (and not in 1996), I had asked that

(in May 1993) presidential elections by universal, direct and secret ballot be organized.

In 1993 (and not in 1996) I wanted to be one of the candidates for the President

of the State of Cambodia which, in my mind, should have been a system similar to

the Fifth French Republic. But, in August 1993, it was unanimously decided to favor

a Constitutional Monarchy instead of a Cambodian Republic "like the Fifth French

Republic."

5) Neither myself, nor His Royal Higness Samdech Krom Preah NORODOM RANARIDDH

nor his FUNCINPEC are with His Excellency SAM RAINSY or his kind. We (the Royal Family)

have much esteem for His Excellency Samdech HUN SEN and the CPP. We are not and will

not be responsible for anti-HUN SEN, anti-CPP, anti-RGC demonstrations.

6) I deplore the hostility and injustice of the pro-HUN SEN and pro-CPP

press toward myself.

[Signed]

Paris, 27 April, 1996

Unofficial translation from the French.

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