Lon Nol Clique Should Be Expelled From the U.N.
Source: Peking Review, No. 43, October 26, 1973
Transcribed for www.wengewang.org
ON October 17. 1973, the plenary meeting of the U.N. General Assembly adopted by a majority vote a resolution to include in the agenda of the current session the item "Restoration of the Lawful Rights of the Royal Government of National Union of Cambodia in the United Nations." This is a victory for the Cambodian people in the struggle to restore their legitimate rights in the United Nations.
The Royal Government of National Union of Cambodia is the sole legal government of Cambodia and is entitled to its legitimate rights in the United Nations. In March 1970, the Lon No] clique launched a reactionary coup d'etat and illegally usurped Cambodia's seat in the world organization. Samdech Norodom Sihanouk, in his name as Head of State, called upon the Cambodian people to rise up and take punitive action against the Lon Nol traitorous clique. The Cambodian people, rallying around the Royal Government of National Union and giving full play to patriotism and revolutionary heroism, have for more than three years fought valiantly and stubbornly against the enemy and an excellent situation has emerged from the fighting. The People's Armed Forces of National Liberation of Cambodia have rapidly grown in strength in the course of the fighting. The Royal Government of National Union now controls more than 90 per cent of the territory of the country and enjoys the warm support of the Cambodian people. In the liberated areas embracing over 80 per cent of the country's population, administrative organs have been set up at all levels through democratic elections and have been effectively exercising the power of government. All this has been achieved under the leadership of the Royal Government of National Union of Cambodia.
The Royal Government of National Union of Cambodia under the leadership of Samdech Norodom Sihanouk consistently follows the policy of independence, peace, neutrality and non-alignment, supports the people's revolutionary struggles of all countries, making positive contributions to the cause of the world's people against imperialism, and thus has won widespread international support and praise. It has been recognized by nearly 50 countries. Not long ago, the delegation of the Royal Government of Cambodia led by Samdech Sihanouk achieved tremendous successes at the Fourth Conference of the Heads of State and Government of Non-Aligned Countries. Immediate recognition of the Royal Government of National Union of Cambodia as the sole legal government of Cambodia was demanded by this conference which was attended by more than 70 countries. Facts clearly show that the Royal Government of National Union of Cambodia enjoys increasingly high international prestige. It is indeed sheer nonsense for the Lon Nol clique to call the government a "government in exile."
It is entirely illegal for the traitorous Lon Nol clique to occupy Cambodia's seat in the United Nations. This handful of traitors who wreck the country and ruin the people are wholly backed by foreign forces. They are not only betrayers of Cambodia's cause of national independence, but also saboteurs of Cambodia's policy of Independence, peace, neutrality and non-alignment. They represent no one but themselves. The Lon Nol clique has asserted that it controlled most of the country. This is an out-and-out lie. The world knows that the Lon Nol clique, spurned by the Cambodian people, has retreated to and entrenched itself in a few Isolated cities such as Phnom Penh. It has been driven to the wall and its days are numbered. It is only owing to U.S. support that it can prolong its precarious existence and wage a desperate death-bed struggle. To allow such a traitorous clique to continue to occupy the U.N. seat is nothing but an insult to the Cambodian people and a mockery of the United Nations.
The restoration of the legitimate rights of the Royal Government of National Union of Cambodia in the United Nations is entirely justifiable. To uphold international justice and defend the principles of the U.N. Charter, the present absurd situation in which the Lon Nol clique has usurped a seat in the United Nation:; should be brought to an end, the legitimate rights of the Royal Government of National Union of Cambodia in the United Nations should be restored immediately and the representatives of the Lon Nol clique should be expelled from the United Nations and all its affiliated organs. This is not only the Cambodian people's will and demand, but also the common desire of all countries and peoples upholding justice.
("Renmin Ribao" Commentator, October 21)