May election for Cambodia

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The Independent Online
PEKING (Reuter) - Cambodia will hold elections on 23-25 May, whether the Khmer Rouge agrees to join in or not, capping the largest UN peace-keeping operation in history. Elections for a Constituent Assembly, organised by the United Nations, are intended to secure lasting peace after 12 years of civil war.

The dates were given by Yasushi Akashi, the head of the UN mission in Cambodia, at a meeting of the Cambodian Supreme National Council. The Khmer Rouge missed the UN- imposed deadline for registering to contest the elections. The group has refused to allow UN inspectors into areas it controls and its fighters have attacked UN forces.