Quotations from U.S.
Government Reports and Important Individuals
Quotes from Edmund S. Muskie
U.S. Secretary of State
"For 15 years, from 1975 to
1989, Cambodia was a nation largely outside of American
"For the public, the press,
members of Congress and U.S. government officials, the most
difficult problem in knowing what to think or do about Cambodia
remained: a lack of concrete, first hand information."
"Vietnamese communists once
had been allied with the Cambodian communists, as part of an
Indochina Communist Party. The Khmer Rouge faction was
anti-Vietnamese, however, and the long standing enmity had resulted
in bloody incursions by the Khmer Rouge into western Vietnam in 1977
and 1978. Late in 1978, Vietnam attacked in retaliation. The Khmer
Rouge forces were quickly routed, abandoning the capital, Phnom
Penh, in January 1979."
"The Vietnamese presence
eventually helped stabilize life in Cambodia, as well as the
military situation there, but the effort to do so added to the
burdens of Hanoi's economic and political challenges in Vietnam
itself. In Cambodia, with the exception of the Soviet Bloc countries
and India, the nations of the world closed ranks to isolate the
Phnom Penh government, effectively preventing it from receiving any
significant international aid."