CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 19, 1990
There's no more promising path to peace in Cambodia on the table right now than the new proposal for an enhanced role by the United Nations. China's willingness to support the plan raises hopes that finally there may be a resolution of the terrible strife. The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council have agreed on a set of principles designed to end the fighting, terminate the flow of foreign arms and outside intervention and clear the way for free elections under U.N. supervision.
January 22, 1995 |
Asia Cambodia: A Texas woman and her Cambodian interpreter were killed and her husband was seriously wounded last week when Khmer Rouge guerrillas fired on their vehicle at the Angkor Wat temple complex, the Associated Press reported. The Americans were part of a four-van convoy of more than a dozen tourists and four policemen on an excursion to the famed archeological site 150 miles northwest of Phnom Penh, the capital.
November 3, 2012 |
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Moy Da hasn't seen his sister in nearly 40 years. Like countless Cambodian families, they were separated during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. The brutal communist regime made it official policy to dismantle the nuclear family, which it considered a capitalist relic, and divided much of the population into slave labor camps. In 1975, Moy Da, then 5 years old, and his parents, who died three years later, lost track of 15-year-old Pheap when the Khmer Rouge emptied Phnom Penh and marched residents to the countryside.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2010 |
Kieng Seng never wanted to relive her memories of the brutal Khmer Rouge era. She never said a word to her friends or children, having "buried the memories in the ground under 100 layers." But last year, she recounted those nightmares openly for the first time, entering them as witness testimony in tribunals against former Khmer Rouge leaders accused of crimes against humanity. Seng was one of about 170 Cambodian refugees in the United States who submitted personal histories at the urging of activists who aimed to give expatriate Cambodians a voice in the Phnom Penh tribunal.
July 4, 2006 |
Judges and prosecutors were sworn in for a U.N.-backed tribunal to try former Khmer Rouge leaders on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity in Cambodia. The Khmer Rouge regime killed an estimated 1.7 million people in the late 1970s. None of the top officials have been held accountable. Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot died in 1998. Seventeen Cambodian and 10 U.N.-appointed judicial officials were installed in the capital, Phnom Penh. Trials are expected to start next year.
July 24, 1989 |
Cambodian Premier Hun Sen today rejected any role for the Khmer Rouge guerrillas in an interim government, saying giving them power "is to hold the people hostage." At a news conference after four hours of talks with resistance leader Prince Norodom Sihanouk, Hun Sen said the question of a role for the notorious Khmer Rouge remains the main sticking point in peace negotiations. Sihanouk said his talks with Hun Sen ended in "complete disagreement."
August 23, 1996 |
Politicians struggled over how to handle the case of a Khmer Rouge leader implicated in the deaths of 2 million Cambodians during the 1970s but now negotiating peace with the government. King Norodom Sihanouk--at varying times an ally, foe and prisoner of the Khmer Rouge--says only overwhelming public support would persuade him to pardon dissident leader Ieng Sary.
April 14, 1998 |
Pro-government forces closed in on a Khmer Rouge enclave near the border with Thailand, raising anticipation that the group's former leader, Pol Pot, could be captured and tried for crimes against humanity. Pol Pot's whereabouts were unknown, but military officials said troops were drawing a noose around the last few hundred guerrillas, some of whom may be holding the ailing Pol Pot as a possible bargaining chip in a peace deal.
February 10, 1999 |
The last holdouts from a once-mighty Khmer Rouge guerrilla army were inducted into the Cambodian military, opening what was hailed as a new era of peace after almost three decades of bloodshed. About 1,700 guerrillas in Anlong Veng, 200 miles northwest of Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh, put down their rifles in a reconciliation ceremony.
January 20, 2000 |
An audiotaped "confession" has been found in the mountain of evidence being prepared for the probable trial of Khmer Rouge leaders, the first such recording to be discovered by genocide researchers documenting the regime's reign of terror more than 20 years ago. Like most victims of the Khmer Rouge's infamous S-21 detention camp, guerrilla officer Chan Nhoung confesses unlikely tales of CIA spies, Vietnamese plots and internal enemies.