How do you feel about the peace process, on the one year anniversary of the signing
of the Paris accords?
Mech Song Khmer Farmer
"Some signs of peace are showing in Cambodia-the stability and standard of living
is better, especially in the towns. The problem is the Khmer Rouge disagree to disarm.
But anyway, we believe the U.N. can solve this matter."
Sunsodany Khmer Economics Student
"Well, it's more stable than before, but crime and prostitution is increasing
terribly since UNTAC came."
Pen Sarin Khmer Phnom Penh soldier
"We want peace very much for the Cambodian people but Pol Pot's party doesn't
want to disarm and they also have carried out sabotage in Phnom Penh and the country
side. However the process is better than before the peace accords were signed in
Paris last year, and some things are getting better-there's less fighting overall
and more stability."
Kann Man Khmer FUNCINPEC member
"Some parties still aren't following the peace accords, and the elections are
coming soon. The parties that are still in dispute with each other need to work things
out. UNTAC is not yet in total control of the factions' administrations, and the
SNC does not have real power yet. The people are afraid because there are parties
that still have too much power and guns. There's been some progress, though, and
on the whole I'm optimistic about the future."
Björn Alm Swedish UNTAC Civilian-Police
"The resolution of the current situation depends on the Khmer Rouge, but otherwise
things are going quiet well."
Hak Try Khmer High School Teacher
"There is not 100 percent peace in Cambodia but it's better than before. The
obstacle is Pol Pot who has not disarmed. However I'm optimistic that peace will
come to the Cambodian people if all the parties work together."
Bo Rin Khmer Policeman
"Peace is not really happening in Cambodia. The guerrillas are still fighting
in the countryside."
Bulan Kowkhanchit Thai Assistant Managing Director Cambodia Int'l Airlines
"Even though peace has been signed, there's no proper peace in Cambodia-but
the signing of the peace is better than nothing. The outside world is concerned about
Cambodia, though, and is trying to help with humanitarian aid. I hope there will
be more stability and progress for the Cambodian people, which they deserve after
so many years of hardship."
Clint Moore Australian Visitor Coordinator World Vision
"The peace is not really peace with the Khmer Rouge still fighting-there's
a lot of crime in Phnom Penh and economic problems as well. The piece of paper signed
in Paris doesn't seem to mean much to the Khmer Rouge and other factions.