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THE ARCHIVE OF AMBASSADOR KENNETH M. QUINN
FROM THE MISSISSIPPI TO THE MEKONG
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Great Hope and Downfall—The Tragedy of Cambodian Politics

17/8/93

Amb. Quinn describes the truly free and fair U.N. supervised election that created a democratically based coalition government in Cambodia in 1993. The outcome was a government with two prime ministers and King Sihanouk as head of state. It was a triumph of U.N. peacekeeping and extraordinary international support for Cambodia, which had suffered so much under the Khmer Rouge. But the inability to compromise and an instinctive drive by each participant to be the sole ruler—the King of the Hill—would soon lead to a tragic collapse of this promising democratic structure. 

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