T HE UN and the Royal Government have reached a compromise over the deployment of
Blue Beret military observers, with three members of the Military Liaison team
All 20 in the UNMLT were due to have pulled out on May 15
with the expiry of their six-month mandate.
But Co-Premiers Prince
Norodom Ranariddh and Hun Sen formally requested a new mandate for 30 observers
to watch the nation's borders. Their request followed condemnations of
Thailand's military for aiding the Khmer Rouge.
The UN turned down the
border watch request but Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali proposed three
members of the UNMLT stay on and work as advisors to his representative in Phnom
Penh Benny Widyono.
Widyono said: "The government seem quite satisfied
with the proposal." But he added the officers would be spending most of their
time working in Phnom Penh.