Statement by the Press Secretary/Director-General for Press and Public Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the Situation in Cambodia
(Current Situation in Cambodia and Japan's Position)

November 10, 1998

  1. Japan welcomes the following recent developments in Cambodia as a move among the parties concerned to achieve a breakthrough in the situation.

    (1) On November 7, King Norodom Sihanouk stated in a letter to the diplomatic corps in Phnom Penh that he was ready to hold a summit meeting of the ruling and opposition parties and that he would secure the safety of the opposition leaders by having them stay in the Royal Palace.

    (2) On the same day, Second Prime Minister Hun Sen said in a letter to the King that he gave his all-out support to the King's ideas expressed in the letter, while pointing out the government's responsibility for securing the safety of politicians.

  2. Since Japan considers that these developments constitute assurances of safety that opposition leaders had made a prerequisite for returning to Cambodia, Japan will once again prevail on the opposition leaders, in particular Prince Norodom Ranariddh, to return to their country as soon as possible. Japan strongly hopes that a summit meeting between the ruling and opposition parties under the King's auspices will lead to the restoration of parliamentary functions and the establishment of a new government as early as possible.

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