View of Cambodia's Fall by One of the Few in Gov't to Escape

April 10, 2015 1:22 AM

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CAMBODIA EXPERIENCE: Served as minister of culture in the U.S.-backed government and was one of only two Cambodian leaders evacuated. The rest chose to remain behind and were executed by the Khmer Rouge. Contacted by American diplomat Timothy Carney, he was given 45 minutes to gather his wife, two children, one suitcase and $50 before being extracted from Phnom Penh by helicopter. The event left him psychologically disturbed for several years.

LIFE AFTER CAMBODIA'S FALL: Joined the non-communist resistance fighting the Vietnamese-installed government in Cambodia after the fall of the Khmer Rouge, lived for a time in France and finally returned home in 2005 to begin what he says is a "second political life." At 72, he is now a member of Pa...

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