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Quinn an activist

Quinn an activist

The Editor,

I was disappointed to see the Phnom Penh Post (August 29 - September 11) give

such prominence to the views of Congressman Dana Rohrabacher and his Legislative

Assistant Al Santoli on the performance of US Ambassador Kenneth Quinn and on US

policy towards Cambodia.

If the Phnom Penh Post is going to venture beyond the borders of Cambodia, then it

owes its readers the presentation of the same balanced spectrum of opinion, in context,

as it tries to provide in its Cambodia reporting. Al Santoli is not a "US official,"

as one of your articles suggests. He is the hand-picked assistant of one of the most

conservative members of the US Congress. Quoting Rohrabacher and Santoli on US foreign

policy is the approximate equivalent of interviewing Pauline Hanson on Australian

immigration policy.

The United States has had excellent representation in Cambodia since the establishment

of the Royal Government. Both Charles Twining and Kenneth Quinn have a long-standing

commitment to the country and the welfare of its people. They have both been activist

Ambassadors, engaged and accessible.

Rohrabacher and Santoli should call off the witch hunt and allow Kenneth Quinn and

the US State Department to contribute to finding constructive and workable solutions

to the current political impasse that is jeopardizing peace and development in Cambodia.

- Joel R. Charny, Phnom Penh.