The deputy commander of resistance forces has said he does not expect reintegration talks set for today to go smoothly because the government is not trustworthy, according to a Radio Free Asia broadcast aired Tuesday.
General Khann Savoeun alleged that government forces broke a Japanese-sponsored cease-fire last month by attacking the resistance stronghold of O’Smach on the Thai border.
He also said the RCAF has recently attacked resistance soldiers controlling Ta Tum camp on the Thai border, 25 km east of O’Smach. “If the Phnom Penh side wants to show its trust…it must immediately stop the attack,” Khann Savoeun told RFA. “If they do not, I will never have any faith in these talks.”
Brigadier General Dom Vuthy in Phnom Penh on Tuesday warned that the talks will not be over quickly, even if both sides show good faith. “We have a lot to do,” he said.