ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Cambodian Agony- Side-Show Continues

A Special Correspondent THE Cambodian crisis in many ways represents the dilemma of the west and its allies, who are struggling to find for better methods to prevent political conflicts and civil strife in the developing countries. While the cold war-time policies of the west and its allies 'created' the Cambodian problem, the 1991 Paris Peace Accord and 1993 UN- sponsored elections gave special opportunities for the warring factions to reconcile and achieve much needed political. legal, economic and administrative reforms. As July 1997 events establish, the three major Cambodian political groups.1 however, had their own agenda: the royalists, fast losing public support, were keen to strengthen their dwindling political base; the communists were paranoid of being sidelined and losing power, and the Khmer Rouge faction was eager to gain crucial public legitimacy for its survival. Both the royalists and communists were not averse to granting a general amnesty to the Khmer Rouge as long as their individual political bases stand to gain. It is obvious that the preventive diplomacy of the international community has failed.

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