At least twenty nations have been reportedly planning to have the United Nations General Assembly consider ousting the Khmer Government delegation, and replacing it with one loyal to the Government-in-exile of Prince Norodom Sihanouk.
At least twenty nations have been reportedly planning to have the United Nations General Assembly consider ousting the Khmer Government delegation, and replacing it with one loyal to the Government-in-exile of Prince Norodom Sihanouk. On Friday, Khmer Foreign Minister Long Boret defended the right of his government's representation in the United Nations -- but not before the Chinese and seven other nations had walked out.
Earlier, the call for the expulsion of the Khmer representatives had come from Albania. The suggestion that supporters of Prince Sihanouk should be represented was rejected by the Khmer Foreign Minister in the following terms:
SYNOPSIS: At the United Nations, a move the expel Khmer government representatives was rejected by Khmer Foreign Minister Long Boret Boret on Friday.
Earlier, there had bee a move by Communist and non-aligned nations, to have representatives of the government-in-exile of Prince Sihanouk admitted to the Assembly. This was bitterly, opposed by the Khmer Foreign Minister, who accused Prince Sihanouk of pretending neutrality whilst allowing Khmer territory to be used by foreign aggressors
The Khmer Foreign Minister went on to defend the democratic system operated by his government. But his speech wasn't heard by the Chinese or seven other delegations. They had walked out a he started to speak. Prince Sihanouk, who leads his government-in-exile based in Peking, had earlier tried to persuade U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim to have the question of U.N. representation included on the agenda of the current session. But Dr. Waldheim replied that Secretary-General had avoided involvement in such representation disputes. Meantime, Foreign Minister Long Boret claimed that Prince Sihanouk's government-in-exile offered no viable alternative to the democratic system operated by the present Khmer administration.