Quotations from U.S.
Government Reports and Important Individuals
Quotes from Stanley O. Roth, Assistant
Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, U.S Department of
States, Washington D.C
October 2, 1998
"Moreover, almost 16,000 domestic
and international poll monitors on the ground concurred that barring
one deadly attack by Khmer Rouge terrorists on poll officials,
Cambodians cast their votes in an environment that was peaceful,
orderly, and free from intimidation."
"The election results indicate
that Cambodians indeed voted freely.
Still, while in the end Hun Sen's CPP won a plurality of the vote."
"After the July 26 vote,
opposition figures raised charges of vote fraud and manipulation of
the formula for apportioning parliamentary seats. While the NEC and
the constitutional councils adjudicated some of the opposition's
initial claims, these bodies summarily dismissed a substantial
number of recount requests and refused to address the seat allotment
controversy. It is true that initial recounts carried out by the NEC
substantiated the original vote and proved many opposition
"The limited recounts thus far
conducted showed no substantial change in numbers, and a parallel
vote conducted by the independent Cambodian NGO (COMFREL) which
fielded over 15,000 poll watchers also tallied a clear CPP
"Hun Sen's initial attempts to
form a government with the opposition were simply not acceptable,
having offered only token appointments to the opposition while
retaining all major ministries for the CPP. At the same time, the
opposition's effort to provoke a constitutional crisis by refusing
to seat the Parliament by the September 24 deadline were
counterproductive, serving only escalate tensions and threaten