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The KR, Foreign Aid and the Press

The KR, Foreign Aid and the Press

The following excerpts from Khmer language newspapers were translated by translated

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh and Ung Rotanna, and edited by John C. Brown

US and the Khmer Rouge must be responsible for the tragedy

The Khmer Rouge and the United States are creating difficulties for the Cambodian

nation and people. If peace does not come to Cambodia, the Khmer Rouge and the United

States must bear the responsibility for this. Why? The Khmer Rouge have announced

their intention to join the national community, but this group has not made clear

how they will disarm and demobilize their soldiers, or if they will allow their area

to be monitored.

The Khmer Rouge are not yet honest in their stated wish to join in national reconciliation.

And the United States, when they oppose the participation of the Khmer Rouge in future

Cambodian policy, they do not make clear how the Khmer Rouge problem should be solved.

Do we allow the Khmer Rouge to continue to be bandits, to dig gems and to cut timber

to sell in Thailand?...If the Khmer Rouge and the United States are not honest, then

the Khmer people await suffering again. (Written by Hum Mouen, in Raksmei Kampuchea,

July 26-27, 1993).

Aid or Khmer Rouge?

The United States government will not give aid to the Cambodia government in which

the Khmer Rouge is included. The Cambodian government must confront the difficulties,

and must decide which option to to take. Of course the Khmer people will suffer the

consequences ....We can neither reject the Khmer Rouge nor the international community's

aid. The Khmer Rouge cannot block the aid to be given to Cambodia, nor should the

United States use the Khmer Rouge as a bait to drag a country that has just emerged

from war into its satisfied trail. If they all really intend to end the tragedy in

Cambodia, they must stop all threats to impose sanctions on Cambodia. The United

States must deliver aid to Cambodia as they have promised even though the Cambodian

political future has to include some of the Khmer Rouge, but the unacceptable Khmer

Rouge leaders must be brought to trial. (Written by Khieu Navy, excerpted from Raksmei

Kampuchea, July 22,1993.)

Government Co-Presidents' Letter to Khieu Samphan

...Today the Khmer Rouge attacked and conquered the Preah Vihear Temple and the Interim-National

Cambodian Government could not do anything against them ... So what if in the future

the Khmer Rogue continue to attack and control other places, will the INCG continue

doing so forever? ... Mr. Khieu Sampon should remember that the Khmer people will

not tolerate you and your group unless you act consistent with the spirit of the

INCG and Prince Sihanouk. And to remove some of their sins, the Khmer Rouge must

stop any acts contrary to the aspirations of the people. (Written by Monineath,excerpted

from Raksmei Kampuchea, July 22, 1993,).

Khmer Rouge Crying to demand High Rank

Should we trust the Khmer Rouge? Samdech has warned us not to completely trust the

Khmer Rouge. Whenever the Khmer Rogue puts forth anything, they never forget the

word "but". We should notice that the Khmer Rouge has done everything for

14 years only to take back power. And for us, we have tried to forget the Genocidal

Regime. Do we fear war and accept the Manslaughter Regime or accept the elimination

of the Khmer Rouge to get rid of the Manslaughter Regime? (Excerpted from the Koh

Santipheap, July 16, 1993)

Khmer Need Help and Peace

The Khmer people, who have just emerged from war really need both aid and peace.

If the government now accepts international aid to re-build the country, they have

to face an internal war with the Khmer Rouge. If the war happens, this is opposite

to the will of the Khmer people, who do not want war. So the Co-Prime Minister government

must commit itself to achieve both, aid and peace for people. (Written by Snguen

Nemull, excerpted from Chakraval , 24 July 1993).

The International Community

The internal problems of Cambodia must be solved by the Khmer people.

The international community, France and America should not use the aid issue to make

problems for Cambodia. H.E. Hun Sen has already said that foreign countries should

not use the aid issue as a means of blocking peace in Cambodia. If the international

community really wants to help Cambodia, it should immediately send aid so that the

nation can be re-built according to the planned aims.

- (Written by Snguen Nemull, excerpted from Chakraval, July 24, 1993).

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