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THE ARCHIVE OF AMBASSADOR KENNETH M. QUINN
FROM THE MISSISSIPPI TO THE MEKONG
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Cambodia’s First Election

10/8/92

With the breakthroughs in negotiation and the fall of the Soviet Union, Amb. Quinn and other members from the U.N.’s Perm Five began writing an interim constitution for Cambodia in 1992. Although many people were concerned about keeping the election’s integrity, Amb. Quinn tells of one minor detail that helped shape the country’s political landscape. Earlier, the United States had withdrawn support of the current sitting representatives from Cambodia that were primarily members of the Khmer Rouge. This was originally seen as a dangerous move by other countries, but as Amb. Quinn details, it helped to stabilize the region politically and helped to set Cambodia up for continuing success and peace.  

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