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King's health worries PMs

King's health worries PMs

C o-Premiers HRH Prince Norodom Ranariddh and HE Samdech Hun

Sen have expressed concern about the health condition of His Majesty King

Norodom Sihanouk Varman, who is reportedly to return to the country on Apr

8.

In a letter to the King, the prime ministers said: "After receiving

Your Majesty the King's message dated Feb 27, 1994 we, on behalf of the royal

government, government officials and the people who are your children, grand

children and great-grand children throughout the country, were very concerned

about the health of Samdech Euv [God King]."

Earlier the King released a

letter detailing how he wants his funeral arranged, adding to the fears about

his health.

His Majesty, 71, is being treated for bone marrow cancer in

Beijing and also has a home in the North Korean capital Pyongyang.

"If

the King dies in Beijing or Pyongyang his body should be flown on a special

flight but must he not be placed in the luggage," said a local newspaper Morning

News.

During a period of lying in state in the palace his body is to be

dressed in white without socks and laid on a traditional Khmer bed with his head

turned towards the throne.

"When His Royal Highness dies, please request

qualified doctors to preserve the King's corpse for two to three

days.

"Compatriots and foreigners" will be allowed to pay homage to the

King by day or by night, the newspaper reported.

The King instructed that

his cremation take place using a native perfumed wood known as Chan in place of

charcoal.

His Majesty's ashes are to be placed in a special urn made of

stone from central Pursat province and laid to rest inside a royal stupa

(Buddhist shrine) built in 1952-53.

In Beijing, a spokesman at Sihanouk's

residence confirmed the monarch planned to return to Cambodia in early April,

but said the date was not yet fixed.

Diplomats in Phnom Penh told Reuters

on Wednesday, the King would be returning on April 8.

Sihanouk said

earlier that his Chinese doctors had ordered him to return to Beijing for more

cancer treatment in June after his visit here and to keep official duties to a

minimum.

 

- Additional reporting by Reuters

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