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 August 15, 1973: Day of Great Victory for the Cambodian People

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Samdech Sihanouk Speaks in Tientsin


August 15, 1973: Day of Great Victory for the Cambodian People


Source: Peking Review, No. 34, August 24, 1973
Transcribed for www.wengewang.org

   After vacationing in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Samdech Norodom Sihanouk, Head of State and Chairman of the National United Front of Cambodia, and his wife Princess Monique Sihanouk arrived in Peking on August 16. Before coming to Peking, they slopped over in Tientsin where the Municipal Revolutionary Committee gave a banquet in their honour on August 15. Following are excerpts front the important speech the Samdech made at the banquet:

AUGUST 15, 1973 is a historic day for us Khmers, because this is a day of great victory for our national resistance and a day of utter disgrace for U.S. imperialism.
   In fact, since March 1973 till August 15, 1973 U.S. President Richard Nixon has made it the objective of the U.S. strategic and tactical air force to destroy Cambodia completely, and fixed the following aims: to bring the People's Armed Forces of National Liberation of Cambodia to their knees and make the N.U.F.C. and the Royal Government of National Union of Cambodia accept an armistice which calls for a ceasefire on the battlefield, an acceptance of a de facto division of Cambodia into two parts and a political compromise with the traitorous Phnom Penh regime which impudently calls itself the "Khmer republic.”
   President Richard Nixon, confident in his electronic computers and the astrology of his valet Lon No!, thought that because of 200 raids every day by Fills, F4s and other "sophisticated" tactical aircraft and 50 raids every day by B52s against Cambodia, the N.U.F.C, the E.G.N.U.C., and the P.A.F.N.L.C. would be "pulverized" after five and a half months of these genocidal raids, the intensity, savagery and cruelty of which, not to mention its effectiveness, are unprecedented in the annals of international and world wars.
   Today, August 15, 1973 has arrived and the whole world sees that the P.A.F.N.L.C. have not been wiped out or brought to their knees, but on the contrary, they have become stronger than   ever. An evidence is their formidable victory at Taing Kouk and Skoun, two strategic cities which were very heavily defended by the enemy and which our heroic P.A.F.N.L.C. liberated despite the bombing of the B52s and the strafing of the Fills, F4s and other genocidal weapons of Nixon's, reducing the Lon Nol units to dust.
   When the most up-to-date and the most powerful air force in the world has been defeated by a small Khmer people, how can such a people be defeated by the most miserable army in the world, the army of the super-traitor Lon Nol?
   Today, the most arrogant and the most optimistic U.S. imperialists are themselves compelled to recognize that their dirty war in Cambodia Is irremediably lost and that will be the first 100 per cent defeat of the U.S.A. outside its frontiers.
   The Khmer people, its N.U.F.C, its R.G.N.U.C and its P.A.F.N.L.C. will not in the least be complacent.
   While the U.S. war is practically defeated, we, Khmer patriots, know that President Nixon is far from willing to give us peace at once.
   He will use all means (including dispatching several divisions of Saigon and Thai mercenary troops against us) to prolong to the maximum the suffering of the Khmer nation whose "crime" is to refuse an "American-type peace." Confident in the justness of the cause which we are defending, we (N.U.F.C, R.G.N.U.C. and P.A.F.N.L.C.) vow once again that we, arms in hand, will fight to the end, that is to say, until U.S. imperialism and U.S. neo-colonialism and their Saigon and Thai mercenary troops and their lackeys in Phnom Penh are totally and irreversibly swept from the sacred land of our Kampuchea. We vow to liberate our capital Phnom Penh, as long as that will be possible and no matter what cost we should pay for this cause.
   Our total victory is inevitable. Just as major American newspapers and magazines write today, it is only a matter of time.
  


Source: Peking Review, No. 34, August 24, 1973
Transcribed for www.wengewang.org

  
  
  

 
 
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