Prince Norodom Sihanouk, former Cambodian head-of-state, met with Khieu Samphan, leader of the Peking-backed Khmer Rouge on Sunday (21 February).
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2. SV Sihanouk greeted by Khieu Samphan 0.18
3. SV Sihanouk and Samphan with other ministers 0.31
4. GV Ministers sitting at conference table 0.39
5. SCU Samphan and Sihanouk at conference table 0.53
6. SV Prince Sihanouk and Samphan toasting each other with other ministers 1.20
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Background: PEKING, CHINA
Prince Norodom Sihanouk, former Cambodian head-of-state, met with Khieu Samphan, leader of the Peking-backed Khmer Rouge on Sunday (21 February). The two leaders, formerly bitter enemies, have apparently agreed to bury their differences in an attempt to form a coalition government to drive the Vietnamese out of Kampuchea. The Prince who was overthrown in 1970, said they hoped to persuade former Prime minister Son Sann to join them. The proposed coalition would be based on Khmer Rouge institutions but Prince Sihanouk's faction would not adhere to the Khmer's Marxist ideology. The main obstacle to the proposals will be the attitude of Son Sann. He has said he plans to visit Peking soon -- but does not intend to hold talks with either Prince Sihanouk or Khieu Samphan. Although this meeting between the two rival factions appeared to be amiable, it is thought that the Prince and Samphan are uniting only to rid Kampuchea of the Vietnamese forces at present in control of the country.
Source: CENTRAL CHINA TELEVISION