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Tuesday, 23 August 1983
Page: 92

Question No. 135


Dr Klugman asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs, upon notice, on 12 May 1983:

(1) What position does Mr Heng Samrin hold in the Vietnamese-sponsored regime known as the People's Republic of Kampuchea.

(2) Was Mr Heng Samrin formerly a member of the Pol Pot regime known as Democratic Kampuchea; if so, what positions did he hold in the Pol Pot regime.


Mr Hayden —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Mr Heng Samrin currently holds the position of President of the Council of State of the 'People's Republic of Kampuchea'. He is also the General Secretary of the Khmer People's Revoluntionary Party Central Committee.

(2) Heng Samrin was a member of the Pol Pot regime when the latter was in power in Cambodia. He was a political commissar with the Khmer Rouge and Commandant of the Fourth Division. From 1976 he was Assistant Chief of the General Staff and a member of the Party executive committee for the eastern zone of Cambodia. In May 1978 he is believed to have participated in a rebellion against Pol Pot in the eastern region. When this was crushed he sought refuge in Vietnam.