Prince Sihanouk's special envoy in Europe has promised there would be no post-war bloodbath in Cambodia (formerly the Khmer Republic).
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Background: Prince Sihanouk's special envoy in Europe has promised there would be no post-war bloodbath in Cambodia (formerly the Khmer Republic).
Mr. Chau Seng told a crowded news conference in Paris on Thursday (17 April) that the remaining members of the deposed Khmer Republic Government would be judged in a humanitarian way by the Khmer Rouge who took Phnom Penh on Thursday morning.
Mr. Seng said the resistance in Battambeng would end in the next few hours.
"We can tell you that practically the whole country is under our control", he said.
He added that a new Cambodia would be built, without regard to anyone's past history ... with the exception of those he called traitors -- President Lon Nol and the main members of his Government, including Long Boret.
Long Boret has fled the country. Ex-President Lon Nol left two weeks ago.
Mr. Seng said the first task of the new Government would be to bring life back to normal. He added that there was an urgent need for medicines, surgical equipment and ambulances.
Meanwhile, it was reported from Yugoslavia's capital, Belgrade, that -- according to the wish of the Khmer Rouge -- he would remain head of the Cambodian state. He said he would return to the country, but did not specify the date.