Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Welcome US Shift on Cambodia

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A Welcome US Shift on Cambodia

Article excerpt

RIGHT along, the greatest need in Cambodia has been to keep the Khmer Rouge from returning to power. Its reign of terror in the late '70s removed any shred of legitimacy from the political aspirations of Pol Pot and company.

But United States policy, until this week, has failed to reflect that need. Instead, the US fixed its attention on its old enemy, Vietnam, which set up a "puppet" communist regime in Phnom Penh after driving out the Khmer Rouge in 1979. Washington supported a three-part coalition opposed to the Vietnam-backed Prime Minister Hun Sen, even though the strongest arm of that coalition was the blood-stained Khmer Rouge.

This decade-old policy has shifted now, with Secretary of State James Baker announcing in Paris US plans to withdraw recognition from the opposition coalition and start a dialogue with Vietnam. This should immediately open the way for a realignment of political forces in Cambodia, giving the Khmer Rouge the isolation it deserves. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.