In Kampuchea, the new Soviet-backed administration has appealed to the non-aligned movement for recognition as the country's legal government.
In Kampuchea, the new Soviet-backed administration has appealed to the non-aligned movement for recognition as the country's legal government. At present, the Kampuchean leadership is recognised only by Vietnam, the Soviet Union and its allies. The government of Prime Minster Pol Pot - though thrown out of Phnom Penh last January - is still held to be the legal administration by the United Nations. Both Kampuchean sides have sent delegations to the meeting next week (4 - 8 June) of the non-aligned movement's co-ordinating bureau in Colombo.
SYNOPSIS: Before going to Colombo, Kampuchea's new Foreign Minister, Hun Sen, travelled to Moscow for talks with Soviet officials. As he arrived in Moscow for the discussion on Friday (1 June), the Kampuchean News Agency (SPK) issued a Foreign Ministry statement seeking support from the non-aligned movement. The statement said the new administration now controlled all domestic and foreign affairs in Kampuchea. And it indicated that the presence of Vietnamese troops there should not act as a consideration against recognition. Pol Pot's former administration was now merely a handful of "bandits and murderers hiding in jungles and in darkness", the agency claimed.
Last month, the new Phnom Penh administration claimed Pol Pot's troops had massacred thousand since they were ousted last January by a Vietnamese-led offensive.
...Now the country faces a new threat - that of a famine disaster. Kampuchea has not yet made any public appeal for international help regarding the expected massive food shortage. Instead the present leadership seems to be looking to its few official friends like the Soviet Union, for aid.
What help the Kampucheans can expect from friends is not yet clear. Mr. Hun Sen and his delegation exchanged views on the subject with Soviet Deputy Foreign Minster N.P. Firyubin - as well as on international issues of common interest.