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After meeting with in-country leaders in Hanoi at Tet in February 1973, Prince Sihanouk reversed his tentative public talk of peace and returned to a harder line. Cambodian party leaders may have feared that the Vietnamese would betray them as part of a resolution of the war in Vietnam. The PKK feared the Vietnamese because in 1954 at Geneva, the Vietnamese agreed to drop the Khmer communist movement. " (Pol Pot 1977:H7). POPULAR RESPONSE A Cambodian politician once observed that his people had an infinite capacity to endure misrule.
Imperialists ... leaders of imperialists in the world. Did we have any planes then? No, and we had neither naval vessels nor armored vehicles . . This army had no planes, tanks, or artillery pieces and was short of ammunition; however, our fight was crowned with success. (FBIS IV, January 19, 1977:H4) The concern for complete independence and sovereignty is a theme directed at virtually any state having contact with Kampuchea. Visiting foreign delegations from fraternal countries were always treated to protestations that the people of Democratic Kampuchea wanted only to live peacefully in their own territory and to entertain friendly relations with all countries in the world, near and far, in conformity with the principles of equality and mutual respect for each other's independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, noninterference in each other's affairs, nonaggression, and mutual praft.
The initial phafe of dissidence in early 1968 in western 7 The date and history are in then acting Prime Minister Nuon Chea's January 16, 1977, speech to a Phnom Penh rally celebrating the army's anniversary (fBrs IV, January 19, 1977, and Kiernan 1976 II:5). 8 The claim for the number of regulars is in his speech (Pol Pot 1977:H22). The organizational stage is given in Revolutionary Flags, 1975 :43, 45. The article stated it was a speech by the chairman of the party Military Committee, subsequently revealed to be Pol Pot himself, delivered to a July 22, 1975 meeting for 3,000 military unit representatives.