Ousted Kampuchean leader Pol Pot's Deputy Premier Ieng Sary accused Vietnam of genocide yesterday (9 October).
GV Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Foreign Affairs of Kampuchea Ieng Sary speaking at UN General Assembly
CU Sary speaking
MV Empty seats belonging to the Vietnamese delegation
CU Sary speaking
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Background: Ousted Kampuchean leader Pol Pot's Deputy Premier Ieng Sary accused Vietnam of genocide yesterday (9 October). In his speech before the United Nation General Assembly, Sary called the war in Kampuchea "the worst and cruelest war this century."
SYNOPSIS: Sary said Vietnamese troops had plundered his country and taken from Kampuchea art treasures, cars and machinery. Hanoi has destroyed the Khmer civilisation, Sary added, and sometimes sculptures and treasures had been smuggled out in coffins.
The Kampuchean Deputy Premier then went on to accuse Vietnam of destroying crops in his famine stricken country with toxic sprays which he described as "bringing death in twenty-four hours" if they come in contact with the skin. IN ten months, Sary said, the Vietnamese had committed genocide and devastated Kampuchea and made it an integral part of Vietnam.
The Vietnamese delegation stayed away from the U.N. session. The General Assembly still recognises the Pol Pot government, which was toppled earlier this year by the Vietnamese-backed Heng Samrin administration. For more than four years now Kampuchea's borders have been now Kampuchea's borders have been virtually sealed to Western journalists, and it is difficult to assess to what extent either regime is justified in accusing the other of atrocities.
For Ieng Sary, however, it was plain. He told the General Assembly that all the facts and the human suffering is Kampuchea pointed to the conclusion that Hanoi was using Kampuchea for its own "criminal" purposes.
There has been considerable speculation among western observers that the Vietnamese might launch a renewed offensive now that the rainy season is over. The Reuter News Agency also reports a number of Soviet-made MIG fighter planes stationed near Kampuchea's border with Thailand, in an area where refuge from Vietnamese troops, starvation and disease. Ieng Sary believes that Vietnamese is about to launch major attack on these remaining pockets of Pol Pot's supporters. Sary concluded that Vietnam had been "hiding its aggressive policies behind political slogans and half-truths", but he said "Hanoi cannot hide its expansionist policy."