Sihanouk's deal falls apart: Prince withdraws plan for coalition rule
Saturday 05 June 1993
Despite the Prince's attempt to bypass the complicated and expensive peace process devised for Cambodia by the United Nations, a UN spokesman was mild yesterday, saying Prince Sihanouk should be at the heart of any solution for the country. There was no doubt, however, that the 70-year-old Prince had thrown away much of his credibility.
On Thursday Prince Sihanouk announced a coalition of the two parties which took most of the votes in last week's UN- supervised poll, the royalist Funcinpec, led by his son, Prince Norodom Ranariddh, and the Cambodian People's Party (CPP), the political vehicle of Hun Sen's government. The two men were to serve under him as joint deputy prime ministers, with each government department being run jointly. This was welcome to Mr Hun Sen, whose party is trailing Funcinpec by around 38 per cent to 45 per cent as the final votes are counted, but it emerged that Prince Sihanouk had not consulted Yasushi Akashi, head of the UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia (Untac), nor kept his son fully informed.
Yesterday Prince Sihanouk said his plan had 'met a large obstacle which prevents me from successfully setting up a new government'. This was Prince Ranariddh's protest that too much was being conceded to the Phnom Penh government, which is accused of intimidation and murder.
There is no love lost between Prince Ranariddh, the product of one of his father's previous marriages, and Sihanouk's present consort, Monique.
Prince Ranariddh, 49, pointed out the dubious legality of Prince Sihanouk's move. Under the UN plan, the assembly being elected will have three months to draw up a new constitution before forming a permanent government. In the meantime, authority rests with Untac and the Supreme National Council, a largely powerless body chaired by Prince Sihanouk. He cancelled an SNC meeting scheduled for today, pleading illness.
- 1 Student jailed for hacking University of Birmingham computers to improve his grades
- 2 Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist
- 3 Company breaks open Apple Watch to discover what it says is 'planned obsolescence'
- 4 Teaching profession headed for crisis as numbers continue to drop and working lives become 'unbearable'
- 5 The most powerful passports in the world
Student jailed for hacking University of Birmingham computers to improve his grades
Smartphones are making children borderline autistic, says psychiatrist
Nepal earthquake: More than 1,100 killed across four countries and in Mount Everest avalanche
Royal baby: Live updates as the wait continues for Duchess of Cambridge's second child
Hermann Goering's daughter fails to reclaim items looted by Nazi deputy during WWII
The sickening truth about food banks that the Tories don't want you to know
Migrant boat disaster: Ukip candidate mocks victims in sickening Twitter post
Nigel Farage wants the BBC to stop making programmes like Doctor Who, Strictly Come Dancing, and Top Gear
Global warming: Scientists say temperatures could rise by 6C by 2100 and call for action ahead of UN meeting in Paris
General Election 2015: Britain would become a 'communist dictatorship' under Ed Miliband and Nicola Sturgeon, claims wife of Michael Gove
Rupert Murdoch berated Sun journalists for not doing enough to attack Ed Miliband and stop him winning the general election
£22000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This company is part of a Group...
£16000 - £18000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you a a young, dynamic pers...
Voluntary: Cancer Research UK: We’re looking for someone to support our award ...
£70000 - £90000 per annum + bonus + car allowance + benefits: Ashdown Group: H...