August 2, 1997 |
Cambodians fled by the thousands into neighboring Thailand on Friday, escaping a rocket barrage by forces of coup leader Hun Sen. Rockets exploded within 300 yards of a refugee camp. In Phnom Penh, the capital, Second Prime Minister Hun Sen's new government moved to consolidate his power, organizing a mock political convention with the apparent intent of dividing the opposition and warning Asian neighbors to stay out of Cambodia's affairs.
August 30, 1997 |
This nation's ailing king returned home Friday and expressed hopes of restoring peace to his homeland, where a coup ousted his son as co-premier and ignited factional warfare. Arriving at the Siem Reap airport, a frail-looking King Norodom Sihanouk pressed his hands together in a traditional sign of respect and waved to hundreds of well-wishers. The 74-year-old king has been undergoing medical treatment in China.
August 10, 1997 |
King Norodom Sihanouk, while condemning the bloody coup that ousted his son as first prime minister, said in a letter that he is powerless to help the people. "I have no ability to do anything," the constitutional monarch wrote from Beijing, where he is undergoing medical treatment. He said he still regards his son, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, as a legitimate prime minister. Lawmakers have confirmed Ung Huot, coup leader Hun Sen's handpicked replacement for Ranariddh.
August 20, 1997 |
Cambodian government forces said Tuesday that they have seized the last town held by loyalists of ousted First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh, but the prince and his followers disputed the report. Government officials said the town of O'Smach fell Tuesday afternoon and that royalists were retreating from the area. A senior military official said the government forces, under the control of coup leader Hun Sen, seized seven royalist tanks. There was no word on prisoners or casualties.
July 24, 1997 |
An about-face by strongman Hun Sen on mediation in Cambodia's troubles raised hopes Wednesday of a breakthrough in the crisis sparked by the ouster of the country's royalist co-premier. Last week, Second Prime Minister Hun Sen rejected a proposal for mediation by the Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations, or ASEAN. Hun Sen, who ousted First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh in a July 6 coup, said foreigners should stay out of Cambodia's business.
July 18, 1997 |
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright chose former Rep. Stephen J. Solarz (D-N.Y.) to help deal with the crisis in Cambodia, where Second Prime Minister Hun Sen has taken power by ousting First Prime Minister Norodom Ranariddh. The State Department said Solarz, who once chaired the House East Asia Subcommittee, would hold talks in Japan, China, Thailand and Indonesia before visiting Cambodia. Solarz will report his findings to Albright before she meets with leaders of the Assn.
July 27, 1997 |
Despite his often defiant public words, Cambodian strongman Hun Sen is showing signs of flexibility on key principles required for a settlement of the Cambodian crisis, the U.S. special envoy to Cambodia told Secretary of State Madeleine Albright here Saturday. The apparent softening in the Cambodian leader's stance has triggered the first tentative optimism among U.S.
July 3, 1997 |
Factions loyal to prime ministers Hun Sen and Prince Norodom Ranariddh battled with mortars and rocket launchers near the capital, Phnom Penh, in their second armed clash in two weeks. Rising tensions between the premiers have paralyzed the government and derailed peace talks with Khmer Rouge rebels, who reportedly have captured their longtime leader, Pol Pot. The clash began at a naval base about 20 miles north of the capital.
July 20, 1997 |
Two weeks after Prince Norodom Ranariddh went from royalty to refugee in a bloody ouster, the bit of Cambodia still under his control can fit into a hotel room. Cambodia's deposed first prime minister has become the crown of a mobile kingdom in exile, a suitcase sovereign, hurtling from country to country pleading for support for a return to power. So far, he has failed to persuade the United Nations, Washington and even his father, King Norodom Sihanouk, to fight for his restoration.
November 16, 1997 |
The nation's ousted co-premier says he will give up his claim to the office if a military court drops criminal charges against him. "I am prepared to act against the will of the Cambodian people, against the law . . . to accept a compromise," deposed First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh said. He has been accused of smuggling weapons and of crimes against national security--charges widely seen as politically motivated.