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No More Violence

No More Violence

I am writing on behalf of the International Fellowship of Reconciliation (IFOR),

a world-wide network of some 140,000 individuals in over 40 countries. We are very

concerned about the potential for escalating violence in Cambodia and the prospects

for peace.

The United Nations presence in Cambodia has accomplished the repatriation [of] over

300,000 refugees and the registration of a substantial number of voters. But many

crucial points laid out in the 1991 Peace Accords have not been addressed. The Khmer

Rouge still refuses to comply with the provisions of the Peace Accords; political

violence is still prevalent and members of opposition parties have been murdered;

lack of authority to deal with human rights abuses on the part of CivPol and the

human rights component of UNTAC has also frustrated progress on this vital front.

In short, the foundation necessary for a peaceful future for Cambodia has not yet

been laid down. A safe environment in which to hold democratic elections has not

yet been ensured. This situation is all the more disturbing given the current U.N.

plan to leave the country in September.

Given this critical state of affairs it is clear that not all the U.N. objectives

in Cambodia have been reached. We ask that immediate review in the U.N. Peace Plan

in order to make the necessary revisions to meet these objectives. We also ask that

UNTAC's mandate be reviewed in order to revise and strengthen its work in Cambodia.

Furthermore, we ask that the policies of Cambodia's neighbors, including Thailand

and Vietnam be looked in light of Cambodia's great need for peace. Such an evaluation

can hopefully lead to the development of newer policies which support peace in Cambodia.

In particular, countries which profit from trade with the Khmer Rouge should be encouraged

to observe U.N. sanctions which were designed to pressure the Khmer Rouge into compliance

with the Peace Accords.

Finally, we respectfully ask that you use your influence to support an extension

of the U.N. presence in Cambodia. We feel strongly that this presence is necessary

in order to prevent further violence among a people who have suffered so much violence

already.

Thank you for your consideration.

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