UNITED NATIONS — Cambodian resistance forces, including the Khmer Rouge, today accepted an offer from the United States and the four other permanent Security Council members for an interim U.N. administration of their war-torn nation.
Vietnam and the government it installed in Cambodia have yet to reply to the proposals adopted Tuesday. Talks involving those parties resume Friday in New York.
The proposal by the five Security Council members calls for the world body to "supervise and control . . . if necessary" five key Cambodian ministries--defense, foreign affairs, finance, public security and information.
It would be an "unprecedented" U.N. operation to solve a regional conflict, one U.S. diplomat said--costing the United Nations up to $5 billion over one or two years and involving as many as 10,000 peacekeeping troops and 10,000 civilian personnel.
The resistance forces that agreed were the Chinese-backed Khmer Rouge and its two U.S.-supported non-Communist guerrilla allies, led by Prince Norodom Sihanouk and former Prime Minister Son Sann.