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Cambodia 'may face partition'

Phnom Penh (AP) - Cambodia could be partitioned after the May elections if the Khmer Rouge does not participate, two key architects of the country's peace plan said yesterday.

Indonesia's Foreign Minister, Ali Alatas, and Australia's Foreign Minister, Gareth Evans, were here for talks with UN officials and Cambodian leaders aimed at furthering the beleaguered peace process.

Next Wednesday is the last day for the Khmer Rouge to register its political party to contest the election. The Khmer Rouge President, Khieu Samphan, has said his group will boycott the polls.

The Khmer Rouge control up to 20 per cent of Cambodia's territory and 10 per cent of the population, UN officials say.