Cambodia: the Un's

Biggest Gamble The peace-keepers -- a huge commitment in manpower and money -- are caught in a cross fire as they struggle to resurrect a country

IN THE SMALL TOWN OF SNOUL IN eastern Cambodia, along an invasion route from Vietnam, people have been lining up patiently outside an old building newly painted in blue. Inside they are photographed and interviewed by a voter- registration team to make sure they were born in Cambodia or have at least one Cambodian parent. Personal data, photograph and signature are recorded on a card that will entitle the bearer to vote in elections the U.N. is hoping to hold next May.

In towns and villages through much of Cambodia, millions of people have been repeating this process over the past...

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