Recently a Khmer personality (whom I prefer not to name here) said and wrote that
His Highness Prince Sisowath Youtevong, head of the Democratic Party in the 1940s,
died in prison (sic!).
This is an act of extreme, dishonest, odious and unacceptable distortion of the historical
In reality, Prince Sisowath Youtevong, in his lifetime, never knew prison or ill-treatment
Prince Sisowath Youtevong died from sickness (tuberculosis) in full glory, that is
to say as President of the Council of Ministers of the Royal Government of Cambodia
As the young King of Cambodia (1st Kingdom), I had the honor to be at the bedside
of Prince Sisowath Youtevong when he was gravely ill.
I had the honor, on his death, to preside at the official funeral ceremony for Prince
Sisowath Youtevong, of the Prime Minister of the (First) Kingdom of Cambodia.
Samdech Son Sann, former pillar of the ex-Democratic Party, and family members of
HRH Prince Sisowath Youtevong, including those living at the actual time in Phnom
Penh, can testify before History and the Cambodian people that Prince Sisowath Youtevong,
in his lifetime, never knew prison and that he died in the residence of the Head
of State of the Royal Government of Cambodia (1st Kingdom).
- King Norodom Sihanouk, Royal Palace, Phnom Penh.