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Sihanouk Delays Return From China

Former king Norodom Sihanouk will not return to Cambodia from Beijing until after February, due to a resurgence of his cancer and doctors orders to rest.

"Because of my cancer, my return, which was supposed to be in February 2009, will be after February," Sihanouk wrote in a statement.

Sihanouk, who is 86, was diagnosed with cancer in 1993 and travels
every three to six months to Beijing for treatment.

Royal adviser Prince Sisowath Thomico told VOA Khmer that Sihanouk's cancer was not serious and the former monarch, who abdicated in 2004, would return by Khmer New Year, in April.

Doctors have advised Sihanouk to rest and reduce stress by declining visitation, letters and messages, the prince said.