Conspiracy Planned By Pol Pot, Nuon Chea and Ieng Sary To Murder King-Father during the KR Regime Revealed

Posted by khmernews on September 4, 2007

As a small group of Republicans are still trying to put former king Norodom Sihanouk into “the Khmer Rouge (KR) trials” issue by asking the National Assembly to remove his immunity, various evidential documents have been revealed.
One of those documents is about the secret meeting of the Standing Committee of the KR Communist Party. In the meeting, Pol Pot, Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary, Khieu Samphan, Son Sen, Vorn Vet, and Touch were plotting to purge King Norodom Sihanouk and his royalty in order to end the thousand-year-old monarchy of Cambodia.

According to the document, in the secret meeting, the KR leaders reacted by plotting to murder Prince Norodom Sihanouk after the prince had requested to resign from the figurehead of state of Democratic Kampuchea.

Prince Norodom Sihanouk asked to resign for the last time on April 11, 1976 while Pol Pot, Ieng Sary and Nuon Chea then called for a meeting on the request.

The document said that Khieu Samphan told KR leaders such as Pol Pot and Nuon Chea that Norodom Sihanouk would resign from the head of state of Democratic Kampuchea. “Pol Pot said that it was not the first time Norodom Sihanouk announced to resign,” said the document.

“Pol Pot recalled that in 1971, after Norodom Sihanouk visited northern liberate regions, Norodom Sihanouk wanted to resign,” the document said. Norodom Sihanouk himself said that he wanted to show his intention to stay away from the KR leaders

“Regarding the request for the resignation of the prince in March 1976, Pol Pot said in the Khmer Rouge leader meeting that they had to scrutinize the request, trying to work out the benefits and losses of the prince’s resignation,” the document continued.

In the meeting, Pol Pot scornfully considered Prince Sihanouk “going-to-fall scab”.

“With the assertion from Khieu Samphan that Prince Sihanouk would resign from the head of state of Democratic Kampuchea without fail, Pol Pot said that the prince would not be allowed to go abroad since it could bring (about) problems to the leaders of People’s Republic of China,” said the document.

Pol Pot prohibited the prince to meet foreign diplomats during Democratic Kampuchea or Khmer Rouge regime.

Moreover, Pol Pot forged Prince Sihanouk’s letters to call for the prince’s children and royal members to return to Cambodia in order to join the Khmer New Year in April 1976.

Consequently, King-Father’s and King-Mother’s sons, Prince Norodom Sihamoni, who was studying in Pyongyang, and Prince Norodom Narindrapong, who was studying in Moscow, returned to Cambodia.

After Prince Norodom Sihamoni arrived at Cambodia due to the plot of Pot Pot and Ieng Sary, the prince cried and announced that he would sacrifice his own life for his father’s.

Pol Pot was making a plot to purge Norodom Sihanouk and his royal family in order to end a regime which Khmer Rouge leaders called “2000 year-old feudalism” in Cambodia.

A man who was—during the KR regime—a “new people” and living in Krapum Chhuk, Koh Andaet, Takeo said that he had heard through the Khmer Rouge radio live reporting in Khmer and French the speech by Norodom Sihanouk which said that he would resign from the head of state of Democratic Kampuchea for health reasons.

He said that (then) propaganda minister Ho Nim of the Democratic Kampuchea also announced that the government of Democratic Kampuchea had approved the resignation. “Ho Nim said with some sarcastic words in the name of Democratic Kampuchea that the regime had given the prince the name “national hero.”

The man said that the people who had heard about the news had expressed their concerns, had said the situation of the country must have been changed, and had thought there must have been problem that made the King-Father resign.

The announcement of the resignation of Norodom Sihanouk was seen to be at least the second time of his attempt to stay away from the Khmer Rouge leaders: Pol Pot, Ieng Sary and Nuon Chea.

Although the prince was the head of state of Democratic Kampuchea because of his intention to help the country and Cambodians, it was not on April 17, 1975 that the Khmer Rouge leaders allowed him to return to Cambodia.

It wasn’t until September 1979 that the Khmer Rouge leaders approved the prince returning to Cambodia in order to send him to the United Nations to claim Cambodia’s seat, and until December that he could return to Cambodia. Then, he announced to resign in March 1976.

In 2001, Prince Norodom Sihanouk sent a letter to Youk Chhang, director of Documentation Center of Cambodia (DC-Cam), after the center had published an article regarding his resignation. Youk Chhang has extracted the rejection letter (that): “Regarding the report of the Khmer Rouge Standing Committee meeting which was written that I resigned by writing a letter in French is not true. The Khmer Rouge just told a lie because I had written in Khmer only. How could I dare to write to him in French? His Excellency En Hay is my witness since he was in charge of submitting my resignation letter to the Khmer Rouge leaders.”

During the Khmer Rouge regime, Norodom Sihanouk lost at least 14 of his royalty including his own children. Concerning justice in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), Norodom Sihanouk said in some of his letters that he was ready to be tried?? with other Khmer Rouge leaders and to testify the criticism that he had been involved in the mass killings in Cambodia between 1975 and 1979.

Unofficial Translation
-Extracted from Samleng Yuvachun Khmer, Vol. 14, #3126, Friday, August 31, 2007.


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