COMMENTS BY PRINCE SIHANOUK ON CAMBODIA'S RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATES AND

Created: 9/4/1968

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suukt COMMENTS BY PRINCE SIHANOUK ON CAMBODIA'S RELATIONS WITH THE UNITED STATCS AND CHINA, AND ON THE CONDITION OF THE AMERICAN PRISONERS Of WAR

CAMBODIAN CHIEF OF STATE PRINCE NORODOM SIHANOUK SAID THAT AMERICAN PRISONCRS OF,war BCING HCLD WERE SAFE AND WERE WELL LOOKED AFTERj HZ SAID 1hcy HAD RECREATIONEXERCISE AND HAD BEEN VISITED SEVERAL TIMES BY AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADORSAID HE HAD NOT PARADED THE PRISONERS BECAUSE HE DID NOT WANT TO IMBARPAS5WHOMPERSONALLY LIKED, BUT HE COULD NOT ON THE OTHCR HAND SURREMOrj*AS,THIS WOULD MEAN HE ACKNOWLEDGED THE FRONTIER WAS SIHANOUK COMMENTED THAT THE AMERICANS DID NOT SEEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT Hff 5

3 WASOHMJNIST, BUT WAS MERELY PURSUING THOSE POLICIES WHICH WIRE InT *S

1 INTERESTS OF CAMBODIA AND THE CAMBODIANSAID THAT'THE UNITf.D i

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DO WELL TO RECOGNIZE THE CAMBOOIAN FRONTIERS; THEN THEY COULD SETISSION IN CAMBODIA STAFFED LARGELY WITH INTELLIGENCE PERSONNEL RESPONSIBLE FOR WATCHING VIET CONG

MOVEMENTS. SIHANOUK'SAID THAT IF THE UNITED STATES RECOGNIZED THE CAMBODIAN BORDERS,

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CAMBODIA COULD THEN SEEK UNITED STATES AID; OTHERWISE HELP^WOULD HAVE TO BE SOUGHT FROM

china or from"the"soviet union.

CAKSCCIA HAS BEEN

RECEIVING CHINESESOVIET AIO FpR^ NUMBER YJFIHAWOUK REXCTED UNITE6 STATES AIO IN7 AND HASHIS DISLIKE fjOR UNITED

ANY* of HIS PUBLIC SPEECHES.)

' SIHANOUK2 CL:: WAS

NOT SUPPORTING THE VC AS COMMUNISTS BUT AS RESISTERS CF

FOREIGN OCCUPATION. HE SAID THAT SUPPORT TO THE VC IN NO

WAY MEANT THAT CAMBODIAOMMUNIST COUNTRY OR PURSUING

A COMMUNIST POLICY. HE SAID, ON THE OTHER HAND, THAT THE "-

AMERICANS WEREISTAKE TO SUPPORT THE VIETNAMESE, BECAUSE HISTORY SHOWED THE VIETNAMESE HAD ALWAYS BEEN

EXPANSIONISTS. HE STRESSED" HIS-FEAR OFM EVENTUAL'-SUCCESSFUL

OUTCOME OF THE PARIS PEACE -TALKS,*STATINGNITED :

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4. SIHANOUK ALSO SAID HE FEARED THE POSSIBILITY OF A

FUTURZ-^ECONCILIATION BETWEEN COMMUNIST CHINA AND.

SECRET.

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HE SAID HE HAD CABLED CHOU EN-UI THREATENING TC BREAK OFF DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS IFCHINESE ATTEMPTED TO EXTEND THE CULTURAL REVOLUTION TO CAMBODIA, AND SAID HETHE PROPAGATION OF MAO'S THOUGHTS IN HIS SIHANOUK

MADE HIS THREAT TO BREAK DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS WITH THE CHINESE IN)

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