April 7, 1998 |
Fifty opposition figures have been killed in Cambodia since August, more than doubling the previously known toll of political slayings following a mid-1997 coup, the United Nations said. Thomas Hammarberg, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's special representative for human rights in Cambodia, announced the new evidence on the killings at a Geneva news conference. Information about the killings, some as recent as March and coming on top of a previously documented 41 executions blamed by U.N.
December 9, 1997 |
Nearly five months after Cambodia lost the democracy that the international community had bought for this hapless land, Prime Minister Hun Sen's campaign to gain legitimacy for his regime is hitting a stone wall. The United Nations has kept Cambodia's seat vacant. The United States and most donors have suspended non-humanitarian aid. The World Bank won't even talk about new projects. Even the nonconfrontational Assn.
September 25, 1997 |
De factor leader Hun Sen threatened to suspend cooperation with the United Nations because the organization left his country's seat vacant at the upcoming General Assembly session. Hun Sen, who ousted his co-prime minister, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, in a July coup, said the letter presenting his government's credentials for the U.N. seat was signed by King Norodom Sihanouk and that the U.N.
July 11, 1997 |
In an emotional appearance here Thursday, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, who was deposed as Cambodia's first prime minister last weekend by his political rival and coalition partner, Hun Sen, appealed to the world community to economically isolate the new regime. Ranariddh said he favored using diplomatic and economic pressure to force Hun Sen to restore the government elected in 1993, but pointedly left open the possibility of a return to civil war if that does not work.
June 24, 1997 |
Responding to reports of the capture of Pol Pot, the man held responsible for Cambodia's genocidal "killing fields," U.N. officials began looking Monday for ways he might be brought to trial before an international court. Advisors to U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan were examining at least two options for bringing the Khmer Rouge leader to trial for crimes against humanity, including having the 185-member General Assembly create a new international war crimes tribunal, sources here said.
September 5, 1993 |
Prince Norodom Sihanouk said on Saturday that he was severing relations with the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Cambodia because of reports that it did not want him to become the country's king. In a letter to the U.N. mission chief, Yasushi Akashi, Sihanouk revoked an invitation for Akashi to meet with him in China this week. But the mercurial prince also announced on Saturday in Beijing, where he is now staying, that he does not want to be king.