Hiroshima Peace Science Volume 8
1985 発行


A study on the Kampuchean problems
Kurino, Ohtori
I have visited the People's Republic of Kampuchea from 20th to 27th of February 1986, about ten years and ten months since I closed the Japanese embassy and evacuated from Phnom Penh on 5th of April 1975. By this visit I have been able to obtain a lot of new findings and confirmation and reconfirmation of my views and opinions about Kampuchean situations and problems. In this brief article I offer some of my observations and opinions on the Kampuchean problems, the conclusions of which will be summarized as follows. What I find as the present basic human needs of the Kampuchean people are that the Kampuchean people are able to secure the minimum foods. thanks to the good crops of rice in 1985, although the situation is still precarious and the international food aids should be continued for 1986, and that security is the matter of top priority for people's life and works for rehabilitation. and reconstruction of socio-economic infra-structures, for which the international assistance should be further strengthened. The majority of people still fear that 'Pol Pot clique' whom they regard as criminals responsible for massive deaths and other miseries and destruction of Kampuchean economy, society and culture. might return to power. should they lose the protection presently given by the foreign forces. I find that to accord the right to represent Kampuchea in the United Nations organs and meetings to so-called Coalition Government of Democratic Kampuchea including 'Pol Pot- clique', the group of criminals. is a disgrace. humiliation and injustice for the Kampuchean people who have above-mentioned sentiments. Moreover, such actions of the United Nations General Assembly contradict its resolutions on the Kampuchean problems, stressing the principles of self-determination of Kampucheans, withdrawal of foreign forces from Kampuchea and national, reconciliation of Kampucheans, for the following reasons. So-called Coalition Government of Democratic Kampuchea (CGDK) is not self-supporting, nor its leaders have the abilitie