Overseas Cambodians - Birth of the Son Sann's Khmer People's National Liberation Front (KPNLF)

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Son Sann in Toulouse (France) on 24 June 1997 at the Cugneaux Pagoda
Sim Var (R) during his visit to Toulouse (France) in 1976

Unofficial translation from Khmer

On 17 April 1975, the Khmer Rouge entered Phnom Penh to lead Cambodia. In 1976, in Paris, France, a number of Khmer VIPs, such as H.E. Son Sann, H.E. Sim Var, and a number of other VIPs whom we apologize for not naming them all here, called on Cambodians from both inside and outside Cambodia to unite in order to liberate our brothers and sisters from the Khmer Rouge tragedy which is taking place in Cambodia.

For additional information please visit:
Ta An Srok Khmer website
(Grandpa An's Cambodia)

KI-Media Note: For those who are not familiar with older generation of Cambodian politicians, Mr. Sim Var served in several ministerial posts under both Prince Norodom Sihanouk and General Lon Nol after Cambodia's independence in 1954. In 1957, he led Cambodia's Council of Ministers, but his Government fell the next year over economic issues.

At the time that the Khmer Rouge began their violent four-year rule, Mr. Sim Var was serving as Ambassador to Tokyo. His political fallout with Prince Norodom Sihanouk took place when he joined General Lon Nol's camp in 1970. Mr. Sim Var's death in 1989 did not stop King Norodom Sihanouk's ire against him and the king kept on writing sneering stories about his former minister whom he accused of being a traitor.


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