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THE ARCHIVE OF AMBASSADOR KENNETH M. QUINN
FROM THE MISSISSIPPI TO THE MEKONG
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Rebuilding Roads in Cambodia: The Fall of the Khmer Rouge

23/10/92

After he attended a conference in Tokyo on economic assistance, Amb. Quinn met with U.S. Representative Charles Twining to discuss America’s next step in helping secure Cambodia. In a small café, Amb. Quinn wrote out the plan on the back of a placemat to use the $13 million loan to rent road paving equipment. Helping rebuild, de-mine and create new roads across Cambodia would eventually drive out the remaining Khmer Rouge soldiers, and finally bring an end to the worst terrorist organization of the 20th century. This would be one of the greatest accomplishments of Amb. Quinn’s diplomatic career and his personal life. 

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