(AP) - The U.N. peacekeeping force strongly warned the Khmer Rouge last week
after its guerrillas launched attacks in Preah Vihear and Kompong Thom provinces
that seriously breached the truce, a U.N. spokesman said.
The guerrillas have recently seized six villages near Phum Kulen town in Preah Vihear
province, said U.N. Spokesman Eric Falt. Government forces re-took the villages over
the weekend, he said.
In addition, they shelled the provincial capital of Kompong Thom, with shells landing
near the governor's house, the U.N. military observers' house, and the hospital,
But fighting flared again along Route 12, a strategic road in Kompong Thom that the
Khmer Rouge is trying to cut with heavy guns and landmines. Dozens of explosions
were heard over the weekend near the primitive road.
Falt said that while the truce violations were serious, they were limited to certain
areas and most of the country was reported calm.
He said the U.N. military command sent a "very strong" letter to Khmer
Rouge chiefs at their headquarters at Pailin. The letter said the attacks endangered
U.N. troops and would have serious consequences for the Khmer Rouge, Falt added.
The Khmer Rouge, violating a peace accord it signed last October, has been skirmishing
with Phnom Penh government forces and has refused to join the other Cambodian factions
in sending all troops to U.N.-supervised barracks.
Last week, U.N. Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali said the Khmer Rouge defiance
"could ultimately jeopardize the whole peace process." But in a report
to the Security Council, he said he would nonetheless press ahead with the peace
The Security Council is expected to issue a resolution soon on the Khmer Rouge problem.
Senior officials of France, one the the council's five permanent members, have urged
economic sanctions to force the guerrillas to comply with the peace accord.
In a statement distributed last week, the Khmer Rouge said it will send all its guerrillas
to U.N.-supervised barracks within a month if the Vietnamese-installed government
in Phnom Penh is dissolved during that period.
But the Phnom Penh government has rejected demands that it be dissolved. The peace
accord that the Khmer Rouge signed last October says the government is to remain
in place before elections next year.
The Khmer Rouge statement said that during the first week, the Khmer Rouge would
send 10 percent of its forces to barracks if the government agreed to "depo-liticize"
the ministries of National Defense and Public Security and abolish the ministers'
and vice ministers' jobs.
Another 50 percent would be sent to barracks in the following two weeks if more ministries
were dissolved, the statement said. It said the remaining 40 percent would go in
the fourth week, once all ministers and other high-ranking government officials were
The statement repeated demands for U.N. peacekeepers to verify that all Vietnamese
troops have left Cambodia, and for more power for the Supreme National Council, which
groups the country's four factions, including the Khmer Rouge.
U.N. officers say they have no evidence of significant Vietnamese forces remaining
in the country.