Buddhists call for peace in Cambodia
August 3, 1997
Web posted at: 12:15 p.m. EDT (1615 GMT)
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (CNN) -- More than 1,000 people took to
the streets of the Cambodian capital for a peace march
Sunday, one month after Second Prime Minister Hun Sen ousted
First Prime Minister Prince Norodom Ranariddh in a violent
The marchers, mostly monks, nuns and laymen, were led by the
country's Buddhist patriarch, Maha Ghosananda, who has been
nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
He led prayers asking that "peace prevail in Cambodia." Armed
soldiers and police were evident but did not intervene.
"We will have peace when the leaders decide to solve their
problems through negotiations and peaceful means," said one
monk, Kim Teng.
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The march started at a temple, wound its way through city
streets and ended with prayers and meditations at Cambodia's
The peace march came as Hun Sen's forces continued to push
back Ranariddh's troops toward the Thai border.
Thousands of Cambodians have fled the fighting, and about
3,400 refugees are said to be sheltering in camps in the
Ranariddh, who fled the country, has been waging an
international campaign to pressure Hun Sen into implementing
A mediation delegation of the Association of Southeast Asian
Nations (ASEAN) is in Phnom Penh and has held talks with Hun
ASEAN said both sides agreed on the need for elections, but a
major point of difference appeared to be the future role of
Ranariddh, and whether he should be allowed to return to the
The ouster of Ranariddh in early July came after a period of
worsening tension between Hun Sen and Ranariddh, who had
agreed to share power even though they were battlefield
enemies in the 1980s.
At that time, Hun Sen led a regime supported by Cambodia's
historic enemy, Vietnam. The royalists of Ranariddh, the son
of King Norodom Sihanouk, were allied with the Khmer Rouge to
expel the Vietnamese.
In the run-up to the July takeover, Hun Sen and Ranariddh
grew increasingly at odds over the future political role of
former Khmer Rouge guerrillas and their leaders.
Correspondent John Raedler and Reuters contributed to this report.
Related sites:Note: Pages will open in a new browser window
- UN High Commissioner for Refugees UNHCR
- ASEAN - the official website of Association of the Association of South East Asian Nations
- Cambodian Information Center - includies Cambodian news and photos, academic papers on Cambodia, and homepage links
- Embassy of Cambodia - site of the Chancery of the Royal Embassy of Cambodia to the United States located in Washington, D.C.
- Cambodia - profile from CARE
- The Cambodian Genocide Program - presents the Cambodian Genocide Data Base, an archive of bibliographic, biographic, photographic and geographic data
- 1996 Human Rights Report: Cambodia released by the U.S. Department of State on January 30, 1997
- Digital Archive of Cambodian Holocaust Survivors - an ad hoc group of Cambodians and non-Cambodians interested in documenting Cambodian survivor stories on the Internet.
- Beauty and Darkness: Cambodia in Modern History - documents, essays, oral histories, and photos relating to the recent history of Cambodia, with an emphasis on the Khmer Rouge period
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