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Friday, February 04, 2005

"Norodom Ranariddh has no need to go to the United States"

Responding to McConnell's suggestion that lawmakers
who voted to lift immunity and their kin be barred
from entering the United States, Ranariddh said
Friday: "Let me tell you now: Norodom Ranariddh has no
need go to the United States."

He called America's reaction a "double standard" and
"categorically unacceptable."

"I'm not Khmer Rouge, not a criminal," Ranariddh said.
"I cannot accept the fact that they are making an
accused, a hero, and the victims, defendants."


That's it. SKP broke off any relationship he had left with the U.S. He prefers to be subservient to the Strongman. He needs not the U.S. any more. The U.S. is his enemy now.

He calls himself a victim. If that's the case, can he agree to open up his bank accounts and declare his assets? Can he show to the world how the bid was done to build the new NA? Why wasn't the lowest bid awarded for the job? There was a difference of $14 million. Where would the money go to? Who is the victim? Who is the accused?


When the Strongman toppled SKP, who did the latter rush to for help? The U.S.? He must have a very short memory. So now he says that the U.S. is involved in the internal affairs of Cambodia. If that's the case, why did he ask the U.S. to bring him back to power?

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  • Friday February 4, 3:28 PM
    U.S. Senator seeks sanctions against Cambodia for
    lifting opposition lawmakers' immunity

    The United States should take tough action against
    Cambodia for stripping the parliamentary immunity of
    opposition leader Sam Rainsy and two party colleagues,
    a U.S. Senator said in a statement received Friday.

    Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Republican from Kentucky,
    urged the U.S. State Department to respond in "a
    forceful and appropriate manner."

    The Cambodian lawmakers who voted to lift immunity and
    their family members should be prohibited from
    entering the United States, McConnell said.

    In a closed-door vote Thursday, the National Assembly
    revoked the immunity of Sam Rainsy _ long the
    government's most outspoken critic _ as well as Cheam
    Channy and Chea Poch.

    The action paved the way for lawsuits filed by
    government leaders against the three to go forward,
    some of them concerning defamation and slander.

    "This is outrageous and unacceptable," McConnell said,
    who called on Cambodia's donors to condemn the
    government and consider sanctions against it.

    I AM :
    I'M SEEKING :

    Sam Rainsy left Cambodia early Thursday on a flight to
    Singapore.

    Later that day, Cheam Channy was arrested on a charge
    of trying to illegally recruit an armed group.

    In the most important case, Prime Minister Hun Sen
    filed a suit against Sam Rainsy in January 2004
    claiming the opposition leader slandered him by
    accusing the government of hatching an assassination
    plot against its political opponents.

    Sam Rainsy faces three lawsuits charging defamation
    and slander, said Kim San, National Assembly secretary
    general.

    The royalist Funcinpec party, the junior partner in
    Hun Sen's ruling coalition, sued Chea Poch for
    defamation. They claim he said that Funcinpec leader,
    Prince Norodom Ranariddh, received a bribe from Hun
    Sen to form a government in July 2004 after a one-year
    political deadlock.

    Diplomats and civil rights advocates quickly
    criticized the parliamentary action as a blow to
    Cambodia's fledging democracy. The State Department
    had warned before the vote that the country may have
    to face consequences.

    McConnell said Hun Sen and Ranariddh came up with a
    "devious" plan to undermine the opposition and that
    the vote was carried out by a "rubber-stamp"
    Parliament behind closed doors.

    "Hun Sen and Ranariddh underestimate the resolve of
    the United States ... to stand by those championing
    freedom and liberty," he said, adding that they
    "should know that Washington _ and the world _ are
    watching."

    The U.S. State Department "strongly" condemned the
    vote on Thursday.

    Hun Sen said he wasn't concerned about criticism.

    Responding to McConnell's suggestion that lawmakers
    who voted to lift immunity and their kin be barred
    from entering the United States, Ranariddh said
    Friday: "Let me tell you now: Norodom Ranariddh has no
    need go to the United States."

    He called America's reaction a "double standard" and
    "categorically unacceptable."

    "I'm not Khmer Rouge, not a criminal," Ranariddh said.
    "I cannot accept the fact that they are making an
    accused, a hero, and the victims, defendants."

    He said Sam Rainsy fled Cambodia Thursday in a U.S.
    Embassy vehicle, which took him to the airport where
    he boarded a flight to Singapore.

    Ranariddh accused the United States of meddling in the
    internal affairs of Cambodia and said he'll ask the
    government ask the U.S. Embassy about its spirting
    away of Sam Rainsy in an official U.S. vehicle.

    U.S. Embassy spokeswomwan Heide Bronke Friday declined
    to comment on the case.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:15 AM  

  • CAMBODIA: RANARIDDH WANTS U.S. IN LEADERSHIP ROLE TO END CRISIS
    Source: Inter Press Service English News Wire
    Date: 7/12/1997
    Author: Michael Keats

    Inter Press Service English News Wire

    07-12-1997

    WASHINGTON, Jul. 11 (IPS) -- Cambodian First Prime Minister
    Norodom Ranariddh, ousted from power by his coalition partner Hun
    Sen, appealed to the United States today to take a leadership role
    in ending the crisis in his country.
    While he "welcomed the freezing of all U.S. aid to Cambodia for
    30 days" he added that "this is not enough." He urged the
    international community to slap economic sanctions on the country
    and not to respond to Hun Sen, his co-premier who seized power last
    weekend.
    Speaking to reporters after meeting Acting Secretary of State
    Thomas Pickering, Ranariddh said he hoped the United States would
    bring its diplomatic weight to bear in sending a clear signal to
    Hun Sen that it would not recognize "his coup" in Phnom Penh.
    At a separate news briefing State Department spokesman Nicholas
    Burns said that Pickering had urged the Cambodian leaders to
    "resolve their political differences peacefully and to abide by
    the principles of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords."
    Pickering reaffirmed the wish of the United States that
    elections be held in Cambodia in 1998 "as the two prime ministers
    had agreed just a couple of weeks ago," Burns said.
    For his part, Ranariddh told a news conference he would be
    willing to meet Hun Sen to bring about a peaceful restoration of
    the democratically elected government in Cambodia.
    He said this meeting could be in Cambodia "if my safety is
    guaranteed" or in Beijing. Acknowledging that "one government with
    two heads " had worked well from 1993 until late 1995 Ranariddh
    said the situation had worsened since then.
    "But I think that with the real willingness of all of the
    parties, including the two prime ministers, it would be possible
    to work with each other -- not to run the government, but simply
    to prepare for elections next year."
    Earlier Burns said the United States had warned Hun Sen, "and
    his ambassador here in Washington that any attempt to engage in
    political assassinations or political recriminations -- and there
    is a lot of that going on right now -- is going to be condemned by
    the United States and many other countries around the world."
    Washington is wary of taking sides between the Hun Sen's
    Cambodian People's party (CPP) and Ranariddh's FUNCINPEC party.
    Burn alleged this week Ranariddh had tried to gain political
    advantage against Hun Sen by courting the Maoist Khmer Rouge
    guerrilla movement, which killed more than one million Cambodians
    during the 1975-79 dictatorship of its leader, Pol Pot.
    Ranariddh denied this charge in New York yesterday and again in
    Washington.
    "I did not move closer to the Khmer Rouge," he said. "I do not
    need the Khmer Rouge...which is very close to being completely
    disintegrated. But what we have to do is put an end to the Khmer
    Rouge problem through peaceful means."
    The reports of revenge killings in Cambodia, meanwhile were
    condemned today by Amnesty International Secretary General Pierre
    Sane.
    In an open letter to Hun Sen, the head of the human rights
    watchdog organization said Amnesty condemned the reported execution
    of two FUNCINPEC ministers, Hor Sok and Chao Sambath, and other
    royalist officials and supporters.
    "Your assurances to the international community that there is
    no persecution simply are not borne out by the systematic campaign
    of arrests, harassment and even killings conducted by your forces
    in recent days against your political opponents," Sane wrote.
    "It is tragic...that ordinary Cambodians are yet again suffering
    violations of their fundamental human rights, and that developments
    in Cambodia have again become a threat to stability and security
    in the Asia-Pacific region."
    Sane said such "grave abuses" were particularly disturbing as
    they had occurred in the same week Hun Sen's officials had invited
    Amnesty International to visit Cambodia for discussions on human
    rights.
    He called on Hun Sen to "demonstrate good faith by taking
    immediate steps to halt the killing, arrest and harassment of
    peaceful political activists in Cambodia."

    Copyright 1997 IPS/GIN. The contents of this story can not be duplicated in any fashion without written permission of Global Information Network

    PRINCE NORODOM RANARIDDH OUSTED CAMBODIAN CO-PRIME MINISTER WEBWIRE-ADDRESSES THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB
    Source: Washington Transcript Service
    Date: 7/11/1997



    Washington Transcript Service

    07-11-1997

    FORMER CO-PRIME MINISTER OF CAMBODIA DELIVERS REMARKS
    AT THE NATIONAL PRESS CLUB

    JULY 11, 1997

    *** Elapsed Time 00:00, Eastern Time 13:20 ***

    SPEAKER: PRINCE NORODOM RANARIDDH, FORMER CO-PRIME MINISTER
    OF CAMBODIA

    [*]
    RANARIDDH: Thank you very much. Good afternoon ladies and
    gentlemen. I am here today to Washington, D.C. to ask for your help in
    ending the killing in Cambodia and restoring peace and democracy.

    As I stand here now, my colleague, as a co-prime minister, is
    attempting to overthrow the democratically elected government of Cambodia.
    In his grab of power, innocent people are being killed and

    members of my political party and members of other political parties are
    being round up and executed.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:01, Eastern Time 13:21 ***

    Democracy is near death in my country. Only with the immediate
    intervention of the international community led by United Nations can democracy
    be saved. I want to thank the United States of cutting of assistance to
    Cambodia.

    But for 30 days, we will not be enough. However, this is only a
    first step. On behalf of the Cambodian people, I am asking the United
    States to take a leadership role by bringing its diplomatic wedge to bear
    to solve this terrible crisis.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:02, Eastern Time 13:22 ***

    I propose negotiations. I want to negotiate with Hun Sen to
    bring about peaceful restoration of the democratically elected government
    of Cambodia and stop immediately the killing. I would like to tell you
    that I am pleased with the result of my meeting with senators, both in
    the Congress, in the Senate and I am quite satisfied with my meeting that
    I did just have with the acting secretary of state, my friend of mine,
    Thomas Pickering and now in thanking you again for coming to this press
    meeting. I'm at your disposal for question and answer.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:03, Eastern Time 13:23 ***

    Thank you.

    QUESTION: What's your reaction to American criticism that you
    tried to get two thirds of Khmer Rouge and perhaps (OFF-MIKE)?

    RANARIDDH: You see that Hun Sen himself several months ago had
    been in touch with Ieng Sary.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:04, Eastern Time 13:24 ***

    Ieng Sary was identified as a second to Pol Pot. When they used
    to talk about Pol Pot, they had to talk about Ieng Sary. And when Hun
    Sen talk with Ieng Sary and ask his majesty the king to give amnesty to
    Ieng Sary, there are no criticism.

    What I did, is not to move closer to Khmer Rouge. I do not need
    the Khmer Rouge.

    RANARIDDH: I do not need the Khmer Rouge. The Khmer Rouge are
    some political and military movement, very close to being completely disintegrated.
    And so what I'm doing is not to negotiate with the Khmer Rouge. We do
    not need to negotiate anymore with the Khmer Rouge. But what we have to
    do is to put an end to the Khmer Rouge matter or the Khmer Rouge problem
    through peaceful means. But what I want to do, the must, is to bring Pol
    Pot to the Cambodian nation and to the international court in order for
    him to respond for his crime against the people of Cambodia and against
    humanity.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:05, Eastern Time 13:25 ***

    I do not have any interest to flirt with the Khmer Rouge. The
    Khmer Rouge is, as I said, under process of being completely ended. Thank
    you.

    QUESTION: You called upon the United States to play a leading
    role. What precisely would you like the United States to do?

    RANARIDDH: I have to say that I'm quite satisfied with the first
    reaction coming from the administration in suspending the American aid
    to Phnom Penh before, but only 30 days. I think that 30 days is not enough.
    But what I want from the United States of America that a very clear and
    consistent and strong signal be sent to Phnom Penh in saying that the United
    States of America will not accept any political movement, regime, government,
    issue from a coup d'etat.

    Your, Mr. Ackerman (ph), you said that there are debate in order
    to know whether it was coup d'etat or not. I'd like to let you know that
    the time when a legitimate government or a legitimate prime minister, because
    I was elected by the people of Cambodia through free and fair elections
    organized and supervised by the United Nations, if there's any, the time
    when there is a use of forces to overthrow or to topple an elected prime
    minister, you do not have nothing to do and to think of but to qualify
    it a coup.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:06, Eastern Time 13:26 ***

    We have to call a cat a cat, a coup a coup. Please, don't do
    with this because it's a question of principle.

    Besides that, what I want, one, the United States of America to
    send to Phnom Penh a very strong and wrong signal that you will recognize
    any government issue from the coup, because the coup is a clear violation
    of the Paris peace agreement signed in 1991 and clear result of the elections.
    From the election, we do have the national assembly, and from that national
    assembly, we do have a government

    presided over by Ranariddh as first prime minister and by Hun Sen as second
    prime minister.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:07, Eastern Time 13:27 ***

    We should stick to this formula. Otherwise we will deny by
    ourself what we did so well, what the world community did so well in 1991
    and in 1993.

    Secondly, I ask the United States of America to freeze, why not
    indefinitely, her aid to Phnom Penh, unless we will be back to the legacy,
    to the legitimacy, through a government issued from the election of 1993.

    RANARIDDH: And it is what I have asked the United Nations as
    well, but I'm quite satisfied with the result of my conversation yesterday
    in United Nations. I think that the president of the Security Council
    of the United Nations will make the statement along this line.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:09, Eastern Time 13:29 ***

    And I'm so satisfied also with the stand made by ASEAN in
    postponing the admission of Cambodia as a member of ASEAN, as it will make
    an appeal to the king, to the prime ministers -- namely Hun Sen and myself
    -- to talks.

    And I'd like to tell you that ASEAN will send a special envoy to
    see the king, to see (OFF-MIKE) Hun Sen, and to see myself, in order to
    find out means to put an end to the present very serious crisis in my country.
    Thank you.

    QUESTION: You said you were willing to negotiate with Hun Sen.
    So far, the coalition government has been a disaster, it hasn't really
    worked. What would be the terms that you would negotiate with him on? What
    would you like to see happen?

    RANARIDDH: You see -- it appears that we did not remember -- we
    do not remember that the coalition government -- one government, two heads
    -- worked quite well from 1993 to late 1995. And the situation is worsening
    from late 1995 up to now, because of the election, you know?

    *** Elapsed Time 00:10, Eastern Time 13:30 ***

    But the formula is not an ideal one, of one government running
    through consensus way. But I think that is the real willingness of all
    of the parties, including the two prime ministers, it would be possible
    to work with each other not to run the government, but simply to prepare
    the upcoming and the next elections.

    I think that what we have to do, the objective now is to have in
    time, free and fair elections as planned (ph) in May 1998. Thank you.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:11, Eastern Time 13:31 ***

    (UNKNOWN): There was a hand over here of someone. Yes.

    QUESTION: What did Secretary Pickering promise you besides the
    30 day suspension of the aid, and basically rhetorical support (OFF- MIKE)?

    RANARIDDH: I think that Undersecretary of State Pickering and
    myself, we share some common ground, under (OFF-MIKE) points that any violence
    can not be accepted, to change the government or any leadership. I think
    that we agree on this point.

    And the United Nations, as well, ASEAN and Union European -- I
    think that there's common ground on this particular point.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:12, Eastern Time 13:32 ***

    One, (OFF-MIKE) he agrees that we have to abide by the peace --
    Paris peace agreement as fundamentals -- as principles, we can not do anything
    beside the Paris peace agreement. Secondly, (ph) we have to acknowledge
    that it must be only one government that one presides over by Ranariddh
    and by Hun Sen, not under the government else (ph).

    RANARIDDH: Third, we agree that it must be now (OFF-MIKE) of
    dialogue between ASEAN and all parties concerned, including His Majesty
    the King, Hun Sen and myself.

    As far as the American position is concerned, I have to say that
    the United States will reduce the number of embassy staff. It is the first
    step, and the ambassador of the United States, Mr. Quinn, will be asked
    to come back to Washington for consultation.

    He had to set (ph) for consultation. And it is what Mr.
    Pickering told me. I have to say that I am not completely satisfied with
    the date of the cutting or the freezing if it's only for 30 days.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:13, Eastern Time 13:33 ***

    Thank you.

    QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) I'd like to comment on the recent events.
    I just read a news dispatch (OFF-MIKE). (OFF-MIKE). (OFF-MIKE) reject
    your leadership (OFF-MIKE). Will you comment on that?

    *** Elapsed Time 00:14, Eastern Time 13:34 ***

    RANARIDDH: You know you have to say that when you are in the
    situation and position in Phnom Penh under the real threat, threat to your
    life, I do not believe that there is anything else to do but to say what
    Hun Sen wants them to say. As it is -- as well as (OFF-MIKE) is concerned.

    I have to tell you that according to what I know from the (OFF-
    MIKE), what he try is to save the lives of our members, lives really threatened
    by Mr. Hun Sen. And he thinks, wrongly or rightly, I do not know, that
    in doing so, he would be able to, as the French said, "limite les degat."
    Just to maybe limit it to real threat against the lives of our members.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:15, Eastern Time 13:35 ***

    As far as (OFF-MIKE) is concerned, upon his arrival, he say that
    he's still fidel to me. But he had to go back in order to walk with Hun
    Sen in you know, what you call it, in trying to provide more peace and
    stability.

    I think that only the future will tell us whether they are wrong
    or they are right. I would prefer, as far as myself is concerned, that
    they do not join Hun Sen, because it would be a wrong signal to be giving
    to the international community in saying that, you know, in Phnom Penh,
    please don't get involved in our affairs.

    We do have now a bilateral coalition government. In the
    government, we do have a member of FUNCINPEC now working with us, et cetera,
    et cetera.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:16, Eastern Time 13:36 ***

    But you see, I'm a liberal man. I am not Mr. Hun Sen. At a time
    when they want to go and join Mr. Hun Sen, I have to say, please go. But
    that you take your own responsibilities before our history and before our
    nation.

    Thank you very much.

    (UNKNOWN): This gentleman right here.

    QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE). I think Secretary Pickering urged you to
    find out a way to restore a functioning coalition.

    QUESTION: I was -- I wonder, how do you think that you can have
    the coalition functions? And do you reject the FUNCINPEC to choose another
    leader judging the (OFF-MIKE)?

    *** Elapsed Time 00:17, Eastern Time 13:37 ***

    RANARIDDH: You see, I have clearly to detect FUNCINPEC will
    appoint another prime minister. Not because I want to be the first prime
    minister, because we have to abide by the Paris Peace Accord. We have to
    talk about legitimacy. We have to talk about the continuation of legitimacy.

    Therefore, I think that we cannot accept any government else, but
    that one coming up from the 1993 United Nations elections.

    Besides that, I would have to say that before talking about the
    coalition, again, we have to talk about whether Mr. Hun Sen will be willing
    or not to talk to me, and to sit down -- and to sit down all together to
    resolve the present crisis, and to go after that -- to any form of coalition
    government.

    Please don't put the cart before the oxen. We have to put the
    oxen first.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:18, Eastern Time 13:38 ***

    Now, we have one cow (ph) and we have one cart, which is the
    royal government of Cambodia. We have to bring the second oxen -- one,
    to make a complete (OFF-MIKE). Thank you very much.

    QUESTION: Do you believe that you will be allowed to go back to
    Cambodia any time soon? And if so, do you plan to? Under what conditions
    would do that, to guarantee your safety?

    And finally, do you believe that the future of Cambodia will
    exist under a coalition government?

    RANARIDDH: I think that for the time being, Mr. Hun Sen is not
    ready yet to allow me to go back. And if he allows me to go back, he will
    send me to court -- his own court. And my security will not be guaranteed,
    of course.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:19, Eastern Time 13:39 ***

    But after, if there are any negotiations and talks, we will talk
    about the guarantee to be provided for my return to Cambodia. If I will
    have enough guarantee for my safety, I have to say that I will not hesitate
    to go back home.

    And as far as -- once again, what kind of coalition we have to
    talk about, I think that it's too late to talk now about the government
    itself. We have to talk about of some kind of administration or technical
    administration aiming at preparing alongside with the world community,
    the next election that has to be fair, has to be Democratic and has to
    be free. Thank you.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:20, Eastern Time 13:40 ***

    QUESTION: My question is about China. (OFF-MIKE). My second
    question is, when you come to power (ph), will you (OFF-MIKE)?

    RANARIDDH: Thank you very much. About China, as you see, China
    is one of the Asian superpowers -- no, Asian power -- and one of the permanent
    members of the Security Council of the United Nations.

    Of course, China has a role to play. But for the time being,
    China is very discrete and China would prefer to say that what happened
    in Cambodia is an internal affair of Cambodia. To say that it is an internal
    affair of Cambodia, it would say that, please, don't get involved.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:21, Eastern Time 13:41 ***

    Do not do any involve (ph) to any internal affairs of China. I
    think it's very easy (OFF-MIKE), to be self protection. I think that you
    understand me very well.

    But I cannot go further with China. China got about one million
    -- one billion and 200 million. Cambodia is now less than 11 million of
    people. Please don't ask me to elaborate further.

    Well, as to your second question is concerned...

    QUESTION: When you come to power, will you be subjected (ph)...

    RANARIDDH: Yes, absolutely. Absolutely. You see, I have to say
    that I have been accused by the administration, of this country in particular,
    of flirting with the Khmer Rouge.

    I don't not know whether you know the Khmer Rouge. It is not
    very good to flirt with them. I have seen beautiful ladies before me better
    to do it, yes. But not with...

    (LAUGHTER)

    *** Elapsed Time 00:22, Eastern Time 13:42 ***

    And so you see, I like to call your attention on the fact that
    I'm the only one during last several weeks that I have made a real effort
    in order to bring Pol Pot to an international court. No one than myself
    did it.

    But not only I will continue, but the time when I would have any
    possibility, I will do it, in bringing Pol Pot and associates to an international
    court. And I like to tell you that one of the reasons why Hun Sen has
    started his coup, because maybe he's afraid that the facts, if we will
    bring Pol Pot to any international court, Pol Pot will say that maybe the
    hands of Mr. Hun Sen is as bloody as those ones of Pol Pot.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:23, Eastern Time 13:43 ***

    Thank you.

    (UNKNOWN): There was a woman on the right -- yes -- no, in the
    white. You standing up in the white blouse or jacket.

    QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) July 9th from Paris, saying you (OFF-MIKE).
    So how do you envision these negotiations with them going forward? Do
    you have assurances from a neutral country to hold them in a separate location
    (OFF-MIKE) Cambodia? And will you please comment on the health of your
    father?

    RANARIDDH: About...

    QUESTION: The health of your farther, the king.

    RANARIDDH: (OFF-MIKE), for the timing I have to say, how many
    question are you going to take (OFF-MIKE)?

    *** Elapsed Time 00:24, Eastern Time 13:44 ***

    (UNKNOWN): You tell me. You tell me.

    RANARIDDH: Because I do not have any lunch from 6:00 a.m. in
    morning. But you know, I'm very pleased to be here. But I have seen many,
    many -- for how long I have -- OK, thank you very much (OFF- MIKE).

    (LAUGHTER)

    (UNKNOWN): I didn't know. I would have brought lunch here.

    (LAUGHTER)

    RANARIDDH: No, no, no, no.

    (UNKNOWN): There's a man in a white shirt right there, he's
    next...

    RANARIDDH: No, no, no, no. I haven't answered it.

    (LAUGHTER)

    (UNKNOWN): Oh, I'm sorry.

    RANARIDDH: Yes, the answer to the question. To the question...

    QUESTION: (OFF-MIKE) second one, please, the first. Do you
    have assurances from a third country for all these negotiations?

    RANARIDDH: Yes, yes. About your first part of your question, I
    have said at the time when I will have enough guarantee, I have said that
    I would not go to Cambodia, but if I would have enough guarantees, I will
    go to Cambodia. But I would prefer Beijing, for instance, you know, in
    my residence, my father's residence.

    Yes, and talking about my father, it will allow me to make a
    transition to the second part of your question.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:25, Eastern Time 13:45 ***

    You know, I think that he must see the king has already proposed
    twice to all the parties concerned -- one, to stop going on fighting; and
    the second, to go to Beijing to his house and to have talks.

    But unfortunately, for the time being, Hun Sen has rejected. I
    have accepted. And the ASEAN will send their -- its special envoys to
    see my father. And I think that the United Nations is thinking of sending
    Mr. Akashi to Beijing as well.

    Thank you very much.

    QUESTION: In her recent trip to Southeast Asia, Secretary of
    State Albright almost met you in Cambodia. Do you now think that that
    would have been a good idea? And if so, under what circumstances?

    And secondly, as far as China and your father, is this the time
    for him to get involved? Or perhaps for him to (OFF-MIKE)?

    RANARIDDH: You see, about the visit of Secretary of State
    Albright, I -- at that time, I was really thinking that it would be very,
    very useful -- very, very helpful -- because the (OFF-MIKE) was real, was
    very strong.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:26, Eastern Time 13:46 ***

    The reason why that I didn't elect -- I let the Ambassador Quinn
    of the United States of America know that I will accept to meet Secretary
    of State Albright even in the airport. But somebody -- Hun Sen -- said
    that -- No. It is question of protocol. We should not meet with the secretary
    of state in (OFF-MIKE). She should come to the prime minister of first
    and so on.

    The facts, it appears now, that somebody Hun Sen did not want to
    meet with Secretary of State Albright.

    I think that I did want -- I wanted to meet with her because I
    expected the secretary of state would deliver a very strong message of
    warning to Hun Sen. But alas, we did not have any -- the possibility of
    meeting with the secretary.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:27, Eastern Time 13:47 ***

    As far as China and my father is concerned, I have all the answer
    to your question. I think that China is very discrete now about the present
    crisis in Cambodia, but the time when my father would accept to play any
    role in the trying to bring all the parties all together and to resolve
    the crisis, I think that China will immediately support any initiative
    coming from my father.

    And as far as abdication is concerned, I think that I'm a very
    fidel son. I think it is not good to talk about the abdication of the
    father now and I do not have any intention to be the king. My intention
    is to go back home as early as possible.

    Thank you very much.

    QUESTION: Welcome, Your Highness. The first question is (OFF-
    MIKE) Cambodia, Japan has still (OFF-MIKE) the country.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:28, Eastern Time 13:48 ***

    Do you have (OFF-MIKE) Japan (OFF-MIKE) the United States stop
    the aid immediately? And second question is -- whether you have any plans
    to visit Tokyo and (OFF-MIKE)?

    RANARIDDH: Thank you very much.

    RANARIDDH: We are so grateful to Japan and to, in particular,
    the prime minister, Hashimoto, of raising the Cambodian question during
    the G-8 meeting and the Japanese and its people have been energetically
    supported by France.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:29, Eastern Time 13:49 ***

    Therefore, we did have, in Cambodia, the standing of two special
    envoys from Japan and from France. As far as the cutting of aid as Japan
    is concerned, I have to tell you that Japan is the first country who has
    decided to cut its aid to Phnom Penh right now. And the United States
    of America is just following Japan, and not Japan following the United
    States of America, the cut again, and secondly, you have to say that Germany
    has decided to cut off aid to Phnom Penh as well. And so I think that
    those are major powers, Japan, United States of America, and Germany, who
    already decided to suspend their assistance to Phnom Penh.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:30, Eastern Time 13:50 ***

    Unless normality, we do have, we do go back to normality. Thank
    you very much.

    Do we have any -- the second question? I am not intending for
    the time being to go to Tokyo, but after my ASEAN tour, I would like very
    much to go to Tokyo and I hope that it will be able for me to meet with
    Prime Minister Hashimoto again. Thank you very much.

    QUESTION: When you met with the ASEAN envoy, what would you like
    for Japan to do (OFF-MIKE)

    RANARIDDH: Firstly, I have to go to Indonesia to pay my respects
    to the president and to talk to him in his capacity or the capacity of
    Indonesia as the co-chairman of the Paris Peace Accord, Paris conference.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:31, Eastern Time 13:51 ***

    And when I will be meeting with the special envoys coming from
    ASEAN, I will talk to ASEAN in the same line. I ask ASEAN to maintain
    its firm commitment, not to recognize any regime coming out from any coup
    d'etat, to stick to the Paris accord, and to tell them that my door still
    is widely open for talks but now -- I think that the ball is now inside
    Mr. Hun Sen's court, and so it is up now to Mr. Hun Sen to put an end to
    the suffering of his people or not.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:32, Eastern Time 13:52 ***

    I would like to tell you that Mr. Hun Sen does not hesitate, in
    order to, you know, retain power, to use forces even if the use of force
    caused hundreds, if not -- let's say hundreds of deaths among the innocent
    civilian population. Thank you.

    QUESTION: What if the negotiations fail? Are you prepared to
    have your party fight?

    RANARIDDH: I think that the priority must be political and
    diplomatical struggle. And the second priority must be economic sanctions.

    RANARIDDH: If those two options do not work, we have to think of
    not fighting but resistance. But I don't want to talk about any fighting,
    because I do believe that the people of Cambodia have suffered too much
    for too many years for too long because of civil war.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:33, Eastern Time 13:53 ***

    I think that reasonably speaking as comrades, as leadership, we
    should not talk about fighting, about civil war. Right now I think that
    we have to do our best in order to resolve the present crisis before stepping
    into any civil war, which is very destructive for my country again. Thank
    you.

    (UNKNOWN): Your Highness, thank you very much.

    RANARIDDH: Thank you. Thank you. Have you noticed that I was,
    my response was very short? It is very unusual. Thank you very much,
    ladies and gentlemen. Thank you.

    *** Elapsed Time 00:34, Eastern Time 13:54 ***

    END

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