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The United Nations Peace Plan, the Cambodian Conflict, and the Future of Cambodia
Contemporary Southeast Asia
Vol. 14, No. 1 (June 1992), pp. 33-46
Published by: ISEAS - Yosuf Ishak Institute
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25798137
Page Count: 14
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With 22,000 U.N. "peacekeepers" and US$2 billion in anticipated operational costs, the U.N. peace plan for Cambodia will move forward with a general election in 1993 as warring Cambodian faction leaders compromise in the face of international pressure. Then the "peacekeepers" will leave. Who will fill the void? With traditional Khmer factionalism, conflict-oriented Khmer socio-psychological-cultural traits, a history of foreign patronage, the existence of the Khmer Rouge, and a historical Vietnamese involvement in Khmer affairs, the road to peace, democracy, and human rights demands more than eighteen months of U.N. presence, a new constitution, and a single general election. Without long-term international commitments, Cambodia's future may be deadlier than its past.
Contemporary Southeast Asia © 1992 ISEAS - Yosuf Ishak Institute