CNRP Leaders to Tour Former KR Strongholds
By | June 7, 2014

Opposition leaders Sam Rainsy and Kem Sokha will begin a tour of former Khmer Rouge strongholds in the northwest on Sunday.

The pair will begin their tour in Oddar Meanchey province’s Anlong Veng and Samrong districts, according to a statement posted on the CNRP website.

Mr. Rainsy and Mr. Sokha will on Monday then pass through Banteay Meanchey province’s Malai district before visiting Pailin province and Battambang’s Samlot district before returning to Phnom Penh.

Mr. Rainsy said by phone Friday that the trip is not designed to rally support from former Khmer Rouge guerrillas.

“It’s just a coincidence,” he said of the itinerary.

“Oddar Meanchey is the only province I have not been to for five or six years. Since I returned from exile last year, I have been to all the other provinces.”

Anlong Veng, the final resting place of Pol Pot, was the last bastion of the Khmer Rouge, falling to the government in 1998, shortly before Samlot.

Former Khmer Rouge Foreign Minister Ieng Sary had previously led his forces in Pailin and Malai to defect to the government in 1996.

willemyns@cambodiadaily.com

© 2014, The Cambodia Daily. All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced in print, electronically, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without written permission.

LATEST

Police and deminers in Kandal province on Wednesday removed from a riverbank a 241-kg Mark 82 bomb, of the kind the U.S. dropped on Cambodia in the heavy bombing that took place during its war against neighboring Vietnam.

When two middle-aged novices emerged with signs protesting the development of disputed land near the tip of the Chroy Changva peninsula on Thursday, one of the country’s foremost anti-eviction activists was there to tell them they were doing it all wrong.

A “shadow cabinet” will be created inside the National Assembly once the CNRP’s lawmakers-elect swear into office, senior opposition party officials said Thursday, in a move that nine years ago saw an opposition lawmaker imprisoned on charges of inciting a rebellion.

While the Daun Penh district security guards have established a reputation this year for their brutal attacks on protesters, the security force assembled for the July 15 protest was also composed of less seasoned guards from other precincts, according to Daun Penh district governor Kuoch Chamroeun.

Government officials on Thursday said they are still waiting for the U.S. Embassy to make good on a 2012 offer to clean up several barrels of the riot control agent CS that were dropped on Cambodia during the U.S.’ war with Vietnam and which the U.S. has admitted supplying.

The Cambodia Daily | All the News Without Fear or Favor | The Daily Newspaper of Record Since 1993