Whose Side Is Cambodia On In Burma?
September 27, 2007, 1:48 am
Filed under: International Issues


Whose Side Is Cambodia On In Burma?

by Moeun Chhean Nariddh



s Burma’s ruling junta is moving to clamp down on the growing protests led by the country’s Buddhist monks, the world is worried that there may be more bloodshed.

    However, the Cambodian government has yet to announce its position – whether it is standing behind the Burmese military government or the pro-democracy demonstrators.

     Of course, Cambodia, having experienced a tragic past itself, does not want to see the same tragedy occur to the people of other nations.

     The Cambodian government should join hands with other world leaders in trying to restrain the Burmese military from using force to crackdown on peaceful protesters.

     For its part, the Burmese government should realize that there is something wrong with its leadership in the face of such massive demonstrations. The use of force against unarmed civilians, particularly monks, would cause a terrible and “sinful” image for the Burmese leaders.

     Probably, the win-win option is for the Burmese rulers to move back to the democratic track it has abandoned since 1988.

The Cambodia Daily

27 September 2007


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