Retired King To Post Letters from Poor on Web

Retired King Norodom Siha­nouk announced he will regularly publish the demands of the poor to show how needy the people are, de­spite Prime Minister Hun Sen’s efforts to develop the country.

In a message posted on his Web site, dated Thursday, Noro­dom Sihanouk said he had asked Kong Som-Ol, the Minister of Ro­yal Palace, to publish on his Web site and in his monthly bulletin the letters he has received over the past year from people ask­­ing for as­­sistance.

“I want, in publishing these texts in-extenso, to show how many, de­spite the immense contributions of Sam­dech and Lok Chum­tiev Hun Sen to help them, [of] our villages and our extremely poor compatriots deserving our aid” there are, he wrote, referring to the prime min­ister and his wife, Bun Rany, president of the Cam­bodian Red Cross.

Continuing with his recent criticism of a proposed UN-backed Khmer Rouge tribunal, Norodom Si­hanouk repeated that instead of spending more than $56 million to hold the trials, that money could be used to help the poor.

“I am very sad to observe that we only let ourselves be guided by the spirit of anti-Khmer Rouge ven­­geance and do not feel any pity for the unfortunate descendants of the victims of these Khmer Rouge,” he wrote.


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