To the editor,
The Phnom Penh Post article entitled "King offers olive
branch to KR", published on 27 Jan, quoted that I told your reporters that I
believed that the King had a proposal "to seek greater political
I want to firmly deny this statement because it is an inaccurate
transcription or a serious misinterpretation of what I actually said when
pressed to comment on a possible role of the King in bringing true and lasting
peace to this country.
The opinion which I have always expressed is
- The King, in His capacity as the Father of the Nation, can put a definitive
end to the war in Cambodia through a genuine national reconciliation;
- The King can achieve peace in the framework of the present Constitution (in
other words, the King does not need and does not want "to seek greater political
- The King has the full support of the entire Cambodian people who are longing
for peace and who venerate their Monarch.
Thank you for kindly publishing this clarification.
- Sam Rainsy, Member of Parliament, Siem Reap.