January 3, 1999 |
Two former leaders of the Khmer Rouge headed back to an area controlled by former guerrillas today, but the Cambodian government denied it was letting men accused of genocide slip from its grasp. Chan Kosal, police chief in the northwestern town of Battambang, said Khieu Samphan and Nuon Chea left Battambang by military helicopter for the town of Pailin after six days of VIP treatment by the government, which angered human rights groups and many Cambodians.
December 29, 1998 |
Prime Minister Hun Sen said Monday that two leaders of the murderous Khmer Rouge will be welcomed with "flowers . . . not a bullet," defying calls that they be brought to justice. Khieu Samphan, official leader of the revolutionary group, and political chief Nuon Chea will visit Phnom Penh with families today, Hun Sen said. Military officials promised tight security. They will not be forced to appear either in an international tribunal or a Cambodian court, he said.
November 13, 1998 |
Cambodian opposition leader Prince Norodom Ranariddh said he will form a coalition government with his rival, Premier Hun Sen. Ranariddh's remarks came shortly after his return from Thailand. Hun Sen's ruling party narrowly won a general election in July but did not win enough seats to form a new government.
November 25, 1998 |
Cambodia's deposed co-premier, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, was elected president of the new ational Assembly, assembly officials said. The position is similar to speaker of the legislative body. Ranariddh has agreed to form a coalition government with Premier Hun Sen, whose ruling party narrowly won a July election. Ranariddh was ousted last year as first prime minister by Hun Sen, then his co-premier.
September 8, 1998 |
Accusing political opponents of a grenade attack on his home in Phnom Penh, Cambodian strongman Hun Sen ordered an end to protests against his rule and said his most ardent adversary would be arrested. Military police fired hundreds of shots into the air to disperse about 600 people gathered outside a luxury hotel where politician Sam Rainsy, the main target of Hun Sen's crackdown, was taking refuge. One man was killed.
September 15, 1998 |
Rival Cambodian parties Monday agreed to a meeting as a step toward ending a political deadlock, a mediator said, even as police and anti-government demonstrators clashed again in this capital. In two separate demonstrations Monday, the protesters demanded the ouster of leader Hun Sen, supporting opposition claims that he used fraud to win parliamentary elections July 26.