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Paris Peace Agreement

This page aims to take stock the key documents related to the 1991 Paris Peace Agreement into a single stop.

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1991 Paris Peace Agreement is the political milestone agreement signed by various Cambodia’s Representatives and other 18 nations with the presence of the United Nations Secretary-General for settling conflict in Cambodia. Eighteen countries and the Cambodia parties attended the Conference held from 30 July to 30 Aug 1989 at the initiative of France. The French and the Indonesian Foreign Minister acted as co-Presidents. Also participating in his official capacity was the Secretary-General of the United Nations.

In Dec 1987, Prince Norodom Sihanouk and Mr. Hun Sen met for the first time in France, and a month later held a second round of talks. Following the initiation of this dialogue, the Secretary-General decided in June 1988 to ask his Special Representative to travel to Southeast Asia to relay to the four Cambodian parties and concerned Governments of the region certain concrete ideas which might serve as a framework for a comprehensive settlement plan.

Following the Secretary General’s proposals, the process of dialogue and negotiation gathered momentum, the first face-to-face talks between all four Cambodian parties took place on the occasion of the Jakarta Informal Meeting (JIM), hosted by Indonesia, in July 1988. Representative of Vietnam, Lao PDR and the ASEAN were also invited.

A second JIM was held in Feb 1989. Among the items discussed was the general understanding that an international control mechanism should play a role in supervising and controlling the implementation of any agreements reached by the parties. All four Cambodian parties again participated in talks held in Paris in July 1989, on the eve of the Paris Conference of Cambodia.

It has marked a new historical page for Cambodian in pursuing of peace, security, stability and democracy.

 

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