The Non-Aligned Conference which began in Georgetown, Guyana, on Tuesday (8 August) was preceded by several days of accreditation disputes between some delegations.
The Non-Aligned Conference which began in Georgetown, Guyana, on Tuesday (8 August) was preceded by several days of accreditation disputes between some delegations. One of the most marked disputes was that between official delegates from the Khmer Republic's government in Phnom Penh and envoya representing the Peking-based Cambodian government-in-exile of Prince Norodom Sihanouk. The Phnom Penh delegation arrived in Georgetown a week early, but Prince Sihanouk's envoys...arriving five days later....were soon lobbying extensively with the aid of a flood of literature for the press and other delegations. At the last Non-Aligned Conference in Lusaka, Cambodia's seat was declared vacant after similar rival claims.
The leaders of both delegations were interviewed on Sunday (6 August) by Visnews reporter Martin Davis. Mr Long Boret. Leader of the Phnom Penh government delegation....and the Khmer Republic's Minister of Information...emphasised that the Khmer Republic was officially recognised by the United Nations and that his delegation had a right to be heard at the Conference. Leader of Prince Sihanouk's delegation...Education Minister Chan Youran...insisted that the vacant seat should be attributed to the Royal Cambodian Government, of national union, which he claimed represented non-aligned Cambodia. he also believed his delegation's cause would win through at the Conference. Mr. Chan Youran, whose party of envoys had arrived via Paris, has lobbied many delegations and distributed maps outlining the claimed "liberation" of 85 percent of Cambodia by Prince Sihanouk's forces.