I, a Cambodian son, who was born in a remote rural village among the high mountains,
know nothing on politics even in Cambodia and I don't think of it at all times since
I was born. I just know I meet several difficulties in this country.
For now, although I think nothing of it but that runs into my ears automatically
and I know that all the political factions had signed a treaty, in Paris, ending
its civil war of more than two decades. The treaty authorized U.N. personnel to go
into Cambodia to be an authority in Cambodia in this transitional period in the running-up
to the general election. They are known as UNTAC which have a specific obligation
to bring peace to Cambodia.
Because Cambodia went through civil war for years, no one listens to another, they
give all their confidence to UNTAC, everything is up to UNTAC. For its part, UNTAC
gives no positive answer to them. They're here to bring peace but many violences
are increasingly happening to Cambodians.
Where's the peace!? The agreement which allows UNTAC to control is being under-implemented.
What results have UNTAC obtained as yet? I see nothing. Before the UNTAC presence,
our only difficulty was to escape from war, but now we have to escape from both war
and banditry, and for a beautiful girl, she has to be ready to escape from some UNTAC
personnel's bad behaviors.
From time to time, the situation in Cambodia gets worse and worse than before the
treaty was signed. So what does each UNTAC personnel do everyday? I see no results
at all from UNTAC. UNTAC has no power to conquer the violators of the treaty, so
how can UNTAC bring peace to this war-torn country.
We would like UNTAC to do what deserves the $2 billion expense provided to UNTAC
by the international community. We will no longer put our confidence in UNTAC if
the agreement fails to carry out.
Many Cambodians, including me have been saying that we all now rely on only UNTAC
to bring us a peaceful lives but with UNTAC, if an intimidation, terrorism and violence
are not prevented we would like to live alone without UNTAC!