F ormer guerrilla leader Son Sann has asked a "neighboring country" to stop
helping guerilla fighters and show charity to refugees fleeing recent fighting
between Cambodia's government and Khmer Rouge rebels.
In a thinly-veiled
reference to Thailand, the veteran politician appealed to "countries friendly to
Cambodia and the Cambodian people so that they might contribute to stop the
suffering of the Cambodian people so that they might contribute to stop the
suffering of the Cambodian people and not to protract this
Sources close to Son Sann, the leader of the Buddhist
Liberal Democratic Party, said the appeal was directed at neighboring
His statement, dated Jan. 6 but received by Reuters on Jan. 10,
asked friendly countries to "abstain absolutely from aiding the billigerents
with arms, ammunition-which risks prolonging the fighting and suffering of the
Last week Cambodian army commanders and U.N. officials
accused Thailand of giving Khmer Rough guerillas sanctuary from which to launch
a hit-and-run raid on six villages in the northwest district of
French-educated Son Sann, 83, a prime minister in the Sihanouk era
of the 1960s and leader of the non-communist guerrilla faction once allied to
the Khmer Rouge, now heads the BLDP, a minority partner in the coalition
Son Sann deplored the recent upsurge in fighting between
government forces and the Maoist-inspired insurgents.
between government forces and those of Democratic Kampuchea (the Khmer Rouge) is
detrimental to the Cambodian people.
"Many (people) are seeking refuge in
a neighboring country but most often they are driven back towards Cambodia,"
said Son Sann.
With the onset of the dry season, clashes have increased
between the Cambodian government forces and Khmer rouge revels fighting to
reinforce their demands for an advisory role in the
Negotiations between the two sides have stalled over the
Khmer Rouge's refusal to accept any conditions for peace talks.
Prime Ministers Prince Norodom Ranariddh and Hun Sen have demanded that the
Khmer Rouge first declare a cease-fire and open up its zones of control as a
first step towards national reconciliation.