Cambodia's head of state, Prince Norodom Sihanouk, has said in a television interview broadcast in London on 20 October that the revolutionary people of Indo-China did not want to interfere in the affairs of their neighbours.
MV Sihanouk being greeted by officials in Paris; he turns, sit down and speaks
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: INTERVIEWER: "Reports of massacres from people leaving Cambodia were very consistent."
SIHANOUK: "I would like to have some of the so-called massacres. The people who told stories about such massacres, they did not give any proof to the outside world. And in fact I do not think...by the Khmer Rouge."
INTERVIEWER: "There is one report that I would like to quote you...by a Corporal Meyer who is a refugee in Thailand who quoted a scene which he claimed to have witness himself...40 soldiers being beaten to death by forces of the Liberation Army. Are those reports certainly untrue or could they have happened?"
SIHANOUK: "It's pro-western Cambodians. During the war, they said that Sihanouk had Killed hundreds and thousands of the Khmer Rouge, and now all the Khmer Rouge, they are alive, so now they say the Khmer Rouge Kill them and the are alive."
INTERVIEWER: "Some people see your own return from Peking as representing the continuing contest for influence in South East Asia between the Chinese and the Soviet Union. How do you see your situation?"
SIHANOUK: "You know I am very Cambodian and the Khmer Rouge are very Cambodian. That means that we do not interfere ourselves in the affairs of the others and we like neutrality, we like independence. We do not depend on China. We love China but China is not our master...we are not a satellite of the Chinese and we do not want to participate in the quarrel between China and the Soviet Union. I do not think we have to be afraid of the situation."
The film is serviced with parts of a BBC interview with Prince Sihanouk, a transcript of which follows:
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Background: Cambodia's head of state, Prince Norodom Sihanouk, has said in a television interview broadcast in London on 20 October that the revolutionary people of Indo-China did not want to interfere in the affairs of their neighbours.
He said, "We Cambodians, for instance, do not want to export our revolution into Thailand or into Malaysia and they, on their side, have adapted themselves to the new situation and have become very good friends of ours,"
Prince Sihanouk also said that he could not imagine North Vietnam becoming imperialistic. He added, "North Vietnam was a victim of imperialism and as far as Cambodia is concerned we are not afraid."
On relations with China, he said, "We like independence so we do not depend on China. We love China but we are not a satellite."