Cambodia: The Slumbering Prince

Former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Acheson is one of the most highly esteemed Americans in Pnompenh. The reason dates back to last year, when Acheson successfully represented Cambodia before the International Court of Justice in The Hague in a territorial dispute with Thailand. Last week the U.S. tried to capitalize on this friendship in an effort to end its acerbic—and somewhat mysterious—little quarrel with Cambodia's vain, unpredictable leader, Prince Norodom Sihanouk.

The U.S. was rudely rebuffed. Sending Acheson out to Cambodia on a peacemaking mission would be fine, declared the Prince, but only on three conditions: 1) that Washington apologize...

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