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Demonstrators Call on Government To Fulfill Principles of Peace Accords

Foreign ministers attending the Paris Peace Conference on Cambodia pose prior to the meeting, Oct. 23, 1991. Front row L-R: United Nations Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar, Roland Dumas of France, Cambodia's Prince Norodom Sihanouk, back row L-R: unidentified, U.S. Secretary of State James Baker, Qian Qichen of China, Soviet Union's Boris Pankin, Burnei's Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Great Britain's Lord Caithness, unidentified, Thailand's Anan Sarasin. (AP Photo)

Hundreds of activists demonstrated in Phnom Penh on Thursday, gathering to protest the government’s failure to fulfill the promises of the Paris Peace Accords.

The accords were signed in 1991 and brought liberal democracy and a constitution to a country that had been shattered by war. But critics say in the decades since, the government has ignored its principles, particularly concerning human rights and basic freedoms.

The demonstrators submitted a petition to the US and other embassies, calling for international pressure on the Cambodian government to better follow the accords.