United States Embassy
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
June 3, 1994
Royal Highness Samdech Krom Preah Norodom
The Kingdom of Cambodia
Please accept my appreciation for your briefing of the
diplomatic corps yesterday. We are all disappointed by Khmer Rouge obstinacy.
Nevertheless, His Majesty the King and the Royal Cambodian Government deserve
credit or making every effort to find peace.
I also want to express my
full agreement with your assessment that, contrary to the picture painted by the
press, the security situation in Cambodia is really quite good. In the last two
weeks, I travelled by car on Highway 5 to Battambang and north to Ampil, as well
south on Highway 4 to Sihanoukville. I saw that order has been restored in most
of Western of Cambodia and that common people are returning to their normal
lives. The security situation in tourist sites like Angkor is
It is frustrating to read the often unjustly negative an
sensational press coverage of Cambodia. To my mind, Cambodia remains one of the
world's great success stories. Progress in many areas - the economy, human
rights, and maintenance of the coalition among former blood enemies - has been
most impressive. The steadfastness His Majesty the King, Your Royal Highness and
Second Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen in defending press freedoms is itself the
most eloquent testimony to the strength of the Royal Cambodian
I was heartened to learn of the Government's plans to tackle
corruption, both in the civil service and the military. I am particularly
encouraged that the Government is conducting meetings now to develop a policy on
reform of the military. The United States strongly supports these
Tomorrow I will travel to Honolulu for a conference of US.
ambassadors chaired by Ambassador Winston Lord. The message I will carry is
that, despite daunting challenges, Your Royal Highness and Samdech Hun Sen are
leading the Kingdom to peace and prosperity.
Please accept, Your Royal
Highness, the assurance of my highest consideration.
Charles H. Twining,