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Cambodia: SIHANOUK A PEACE MAKER (3of3) [EN]

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Uploaded on Jul 13, 2007

SIHANOUK asserted that if Cambodia won its independence "peacefully" there would be no reason for communist insurgents to continue fighting his country. And the king made it clear that if he controlled an independent Cambodia then he would refuse to fight for or against the Vietminh-an important consideration for the French, who were facing military defeat in Vietnam.

Sihanouk returned from his world tour and went into "exile" in Cambodia's north-western province of Battambang. He had nearly 30,000 royal Cambodian troops and police with him, an impressive show of strength. On November 9, 1953, Paris granted Sihanouk his wish. worn down by the Vietnam war and having only marginal concern about losing Cambodia, France transferred its major powers over to king Sihanouk. He declared himself the father of Cambodian independence.

On March 28, 1969 , after allowing the settlement of north-Vietnamese troops everywhere in Cambodia , Sihanouk openly declared at a press conference : "the communists have invaded Cambodia -- "I cannot hide them any more - It is time that the International community knows about it..."

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