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June 16, 1993 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Will Por Bun Sroeu please come back to Cambodia? Bun Sroeu was one of 120 candidates who won a parliamentary seat during Cambodia's national elections, held in the last week of May. He was on the ballot for the opposition royalist party known as FUNCINPEC in the province of Kompong Cham. But before the results were published, Bun Sroeu returned to Southern California, where friends said he has spent the past several years living in Long Beach. Now FUNCINPEC wants him to come back.
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June 11, 1993 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The United Nations on Thursday officially declared the opposition royalist party the winner of Cambodia's national elections, but the Phnom Penh regime said it still could not accept the results.
NEWS
June 10, 1993 | From Reuters
The chief U.N. peacekeeper in Cambodia declared the results of the country's elections fair Wednesday and rejected demands by the defeated government party for an independent inquiry into alleged fraud. "Having . . . already certified the polling as free and fair, I am in a position to certify and declare the results of these elections as fair and acceptable," Yasushi Akashi said in a letter to the government party. Akashi's verdict on last month's U.N.
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June 9, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The Khmer Rouge said it will renew fighting if the Phnom Penh government does not yield power to the winner of Cambodia's general elections. At its first news conference since the May 23-28 U.N.-organized elections, the guerrilla group hinted that it would support the opposition party headed by Prince Norodom Ranariddh, which won the vote. However, it did not directly endorse the outcome of the elections, which it boycotted.
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June 5, 1993 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cambodian politics, full of blood and treachery, have always seemed reminiscent of a Shakespearean tragedy. But Friday, the collapse of efforts to form a coalition government was more suggestive of a television soap opera rich in family psychodrama.
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June 4, 1993 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Efforts to resolve Cambodia's decades of political bickering appeared to have stumbled badly today when Prince Norodom Sihanouk, the man chosen to lead a new, national unity government, announced that the plan had collapsed. Sihanouk, 72, said Thursday that he had agreed to serve as chief of state, prime minister and commander in chief of the armed forces.
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June 3, 1993 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Prince Norodom Sihanouk intervened in Cambodia's developing political crisis Wednesday, asking the leader of the government party and his son, who heads the opposition royalist party, to join him for talks about the nation's future. Sihanouk, the nation's revered 70-year-old leader, acted after the government called for new elections in four provinces because of "voting irregularities" and threatened to repudiate the results of six days of voting last week.
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June 2, 1993 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With its victory increasingly in doubt, the Phnom Penh government Tuesday called on the United Nations to hold fresh elections in four provinces where it said there were irregularities during voting last week and warned that if its demand is not met, it will reject the results of the elections. Khieu Kanarith, a government spokesman, added to a feeling of nervousness here by saying that the government has received "many indications that there may be some insurrection or riots.
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June 1, 1993 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A pall of uncertainty clouded Cambodia's national elections Monday when the ruling party asked the United Nations to suspend announcement of results because of what it called "irregularities" in the voting. But the United Nations, which conducted the six-day elections last week, rejected the call and published new figures that showed the Phnom Penh administration in a neck-and-neck race with the opposition royalist party. According to the figures, U.N. officials had counted 1.
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June 1, 1993 | CHARLES P. WALLACE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When the United Nations takes control in a war-ravaged country, what standards should it apply in its relations with the news media? Should it strive for the complete freedom found in Western countries, or do higher concerns, such as peace and security, dictate a different standard? Those questions underlie strains between the United Nations and the press here that came to a head with media coverage of last week's elections for a Cambodian Constituent Assembly.
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