On June 21 1997, Cambodian Prime Ministers Prince Ranariddh and Hun Sen signed a request to the UN for help in establishing a tribunal to try Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot for the crime of genocide.1 Their cooperation was short-lived: within weeks, forces loyal to Prince Ranariddh were crushed by Hun Sen’s Cambodian People’s Party units in a coup that saw the country teetering on the brink of civil war. Despite the preceding decade’s major international commitment to Cambodia’s rehabilitation, and notwithstanding increased social reconstruction, foreign investment, and prospects for ASEAN membership, how much had changed since the 1993 UNsupervised elections? That remains unanswered here, but comprehending the Cambodia of 1997 requires a retracing of the UN’s record in that country.


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  • Roderic Alley
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  1. 1.Victoria University of WellingtonNew Zealand

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