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U.N. Office Says Hun Sen Forces Executed 40 in Cambodia

the washington post
new york

Soldiers loyal to Cambodian leader Hun Sen have methodically targeted and executed at least 40 military officers or officials from the opposing royalist political party that he deposed in a July coup, according to a United Nations report delivered yesterday to Hun Sen by a senior U.N. official.

The report blames some of the deaths on an elite, special forces unit that figured prominently in the coup and allegedly tortured more than 30 military personnel. It further identifies an apparent killing field for Hun Sen's victorious forces, an area roughly 60 miles southwest of the capital that multiple U.N. sources cited "as a location where manyloyalists [of the opposing party] were executed and their bodies secretly buried."

"There appears to be a pattern of the deliberate targeting of certain senior [opposing party] officers and their key associates and subordinates," states the report.

Ambassador Thomas Hammarberg, a special representative of the U.N. secretary general, turned the report over yesterday morning to King Norodom Sihanouk in Siem Riep and provided a copy later in the day to Hun Sen at his office in the capital of Phnom Penh, according to a U.N. official in Washington.

Congress Struggles with Issues In Push to Clear Spending Bills

the washington post
washington

Lawmakers labored yesterday to clear legislation to fund the government for the spending year that begins in four weeks, wrestling with politically contentious matters that could threaten GOP leaders' hopes for a trouble-free close of business.

The House approved a $12.3 billion foreign aid measure after agreeing to ban U.S. funding for private groups that use their own money to perform or promote abortions overseas, except in cases of rape, incest or to protect the life of the woman. The 234 to 191 vote on the antiabortion provision, sponsored by Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.), continues a policy battle with President Clinton dating to 1993 and, if it survives House-Senate negotiations, would likely trigger a veto.

Earlier, the House narrowly rejected, 218 to 210, an attempt by House International Relations Committee Chairman Benjamin A. Gilman (R-N.Y.) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to modify Smith's language by limiting the ban to groups that perform or promote abortions as a form of family planning.

House Appropriations Committee Chairman Bob Livingston (R-La.) has been urging his GOP colleagues to avoid contentious issues such as this one as lawmakers push to finish work on spending bills before the Oct. 1 beginning of the new fiscal year.