Friday, 19 September 2014

Cambodia

Tribunal Witness Describes Trip Abroad by Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary

Suong Sikoeun, who traveled with the men, said they also visited Algeria, Egypt and Mauritania.

Ieng Sary, left, former Khmer Rouge foreign minister, and Khieu Samphan, former Khmer Rouge head of state, during a trial for former Khmer Rouge top leaders, in Phnom Penh, file photo. Ieng Sary, left, former Khmer Rouge foreign minister, and Khieu Samphan, former Khmer Rouge head of state, during a trial for former Khmer Rouge top leaders, in Phnom Penh, file photo.
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Ieng Sary, left, former Khmer Rouge foreign minister, and Khieu Samphan, former Khmer Rouge head of state, during a trial for former Khmer Rouge top leaders, in Phnom Penh, file photo.
Ieng Sary, left, former Khmer Rouge foreign minister, and Khieu Samphan, former Khmer Rouge head of state, during a trial for former Khmer Rouge top leaders, in Phnom Penh, file photo.
Kong SothanarithVOA Khmer
PHNOM PENH - Aging Khmer Rouge leaders Khieu Samphan and Ieng Sary worked closely together throughout the 1970s to build support for their Maoist movement, a witness told the UN-backed tribunal on Thursday.

Suong Sikoeun, 75, who had been an official for the foreign ministry, headed by Ieng Sary, told the court both former leaders were part of a delegation in April 1974 seeking international support for the Khmer Rouge, in Albania, Romania and Yugoslavia.

Suong Sikoeun, who traveled with the men, said they also visited Algeria, Egypt and Mauritania.

This was done to “seek their support in regards to the struggle of the Cambodian people,” he said.

By then the communist movement was a year away from its takeover of the country and its institution of Year Zero, the beginning of nearly four years of failed policies that aided in the deaths of some 1.7 million people.

Court prosecutors are seeking to show joint criminal action by the two men and Nuon Chea, the regime’s chief ideologue, who are all on trial together for atrocity crimes committed by the regime under their leadership.
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Cambodian human rights and democracy activists in the US have split opinions on the deal cut between the ruling party and the opposition in July, ending a political deadlock that had lasted since the July 2013 elections. In a recent discussion in Virginia, outside Washington, many said they felt the Cambodia National Rescue Party had betrayed its supporters in making the deal with the ruling Cambodian People’s Party. (Pin Sisovann, Washington)

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