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Hill congratulates Evans on waking up to the Khmer Rouge



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0 * SEN A TO R ROBERT HILL L E A D E R O F T H E O P P O S IT IO N IN T H E S E N A T E S H A D O W M IN IS T E R F O R F O R E IG N A F F A IR S

Wednesday, December 18 Canberra 115/91

HILL CONGRATULATES EVANS ON WAKING UP TO THE KHMER ROUGE

The Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Robert Hill, today congratulated the Foreign Minister, Senator Evans, for finally recognising that the Khmer Rouge must never be allowed to return to power in Cambodia.

Senator Hill today gave notice that he would move that the

Senate:

CONGRATULATES Senator Evans for finally recognising that the Khmer Rouge must never be allowed to return to power in Cambodia;

EXPRESSES concern that the Paris agreement, and in particular the role played by Australia, has legitimised the Khmer Rouge in the peace process;

ESPECIALLY VOICES concern that the notorious Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge deputies have not been specifically excluded from power by the agreement; and

CALLS on the international community to institute a war crimes tribunal to bring to justice the Khmer Rouge leadership responsible for the genocide of more than one million

Cambodians during their reign of terror.

"Senator Evans's reported comments in Phnom Penh about the Khmer Rouge suggest he has finally realised the horrific nature of the group he is legitimising under the United Nations peace plan," Senator Hill said.

"The Opposition has consistently raised concerns about the possible return of Pol Pot and his Khmer Rouge deputies to power.

"But Senator Evans has relied purely on the good faith of the Khmer Rouge to abide by the terms of the settlement.

"There is now an internal contradiction between Senator Evans's recognition that the Khmer Rouge must not be allowed to return and the incorporation of the Khmer Rouge in the peace process.

"Senator Evans must now seek to exclude the Khmer Rouge

leadership through an international war crimes tribunal."

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Enquiries: Senator Hill or Mark Batistich on (06) 277 3170