King Blasts Effort to Link Him, Queen to KR

King Norodom Sihanouk has lashed out at an unnamed Cam­bo­dian “figure” whom the King claims is conducting research in an attempt to link him and Queen Norodom Monineath to the Pol Pot regime.

Funded by the US government, which the King referred to in his letter as “Uncle Sam,” the researcher has published and distributed the text of a journal written by the Queen about the King’s visit to Khmer Rouge liberated zones in 1973, the King wrote in a letter Tuesday. In the letter titled “They want Norodom Sihanouk and his wife to be lost in the eyes of history,” the King said the journal was written in 1973 when the horrors of the Khmer Rouge regime were unknown.

“Neither I nor my wife were aware of the start of the liquidation of Sihanoukist Khmer men and women and of other innocent Compatriots, by the Khmer Rouge,” the King wrote. “We absolutely did not know that there could be a ‘Pol Pot.’”

“[The figure] has tried, is trying and will try, by every possible means, to ‘prove’ that Norodom Sihanouk and Norodom Mon­ineath (Monique) Sihanouk are ‘also anti-Khmer People and anti-Hu­manity arch criminals’,” the King added.

The King claimed that the re­searcher was deliberately partial in his fact gathering, as he was not investigating that his funders, the US government, had supported Pol Pot from 1979 to 1990.

Neither was the researcher daring to investigate the Cambo­dian government’s amnesty and integration of “KR Killers” and “powerful pro-criminal KR” into the army and parliament, he add­ed. “[The government] shares with these great KR Killers the mineral resources of Pailin, etc,” the King wrote.

“The famous [figure]…shows in­justice when ‘his scale’ is unbalanced, with Norodom Sihanouk on one side, and Uncle Sam (USA) and the [Royal Govern­ment of Cambodia]…on the oth­er,” the King added.

Ending his letter, the King said he would not “demean” himself by taking part in an “expose” at any proposed UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal in Cambodia

“I ask the UN not to play with me, this abject comedy of a UN-RGC Tribunal in Phnom Penh, and have more credible justice in The Hague [international court of justice] to judge me,” he wrote.

Youk Chhang, executive director of the Documentation Center of Cambodia, which cataloges Khmer Rouge atrocities, said Wednesday he did not know who is researching the journal.

A source close to the Khmer Rouge trial, who requested ano­nymity, doubted the King’s statement would have an impact on the impending tribunal. “It’s a storm in a teacup,” the source said.


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