By any measure the 1991 Paris Peace Accords achieved much for Cambodia. Four months after their signing, peacekeepers with the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) arrived and began resuscitating the country, laying the groundwork for elections to be held a year later.
Perhaps $2 billion was injected into a desperately impoverished economy and Cambodians began piecing their lives together after decades of war that included the bloody 1975-79 reign of the Khmer Rouge followed by a 10-year occupation by the Vietnamese army.
The monarchy was restored and a slow process of normalization began that continued long after UNTAC’s mandate ended in September 1993 and perhaps culminated with the U.N.-backed tribunal which has since secured convictions for genocide against Pol Pot’s surviving henchmen.
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