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King tells of irate Prince

King tells of irate Prince

PRIOR to the coup attempt, His Majesty King Norodom Sihanouk related how the two

alleged masterminds were angry with their leaders in the CPP.

During an

interview with the Post in Beijing on June 11 the King said his son, Prince

Chakrapong, and former Defence Minister Sin Song were furious because they had

not been rewarded for leading a secession movement in the wake of the elections

last year.

Though breakaway bid in several eastern provinces quickly

fizzled out, many seasoned observers credited it with forcing Funcinpec to

include their CPP rivals in a coalition government.

The King said: "The

reason why Sin Song and Chakrapong are now very very angry, vis a vis angry at

Hun Sen, is because they serve Hun Sen, the puppets of Hun Sen, and they cannot

have any important position now.

"Chakrapong told me after the end of

the seccession 'I served Hun Sen, but now Hun Sen let me down. He is co-premier

and his party , his group remain in power with Ranariddh. We the People's Party

continue to dominate, to have the real power, to exercise it to dominate

Cambodia, and there are only two victims, Sin Song and Chakrapong.'

"He

told me that! He told me! 'Papa it is unnacceptable. They enjoy power. They

continue. They used us as their instrument to remain in power because I saved

the situation, by forming, setting up, against the will of Prince Ranariddh.'

"

Reuters reports: Cambodian government and parliamentary leaders

paid their respects in Phnom Penh on Monday to the late North Korean Kim

Il-sung, a long-time friend of King Norodom Sihanouk.

About 100 diplomats

and government officials, including Second Prime Minister Hun Sen and

parliamentary president Chea Sim, attended a ceremony at the North Korean

Embassy where both national flags flew at halt mast.

The King decreed

three days of mourning in Cambodia

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