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).