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Prince Sihanouk of Cambodia Sees Long War in Vietnam

May 30, 1963 - Southeast Asia’s most outspoken neutralist, Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia, says he fears war-torn South Vietnam is doomed to fall to the Communist Viet Cong. “Both the Viet Cong and the Americans have become too deeply engaged in South Vietnam to withdraw easily now,” the Prince told the Associated Press. “I have always said it was necessary to do two things in South Vietnam. First, replace President Diem, who is not supported by the people. Second, establish a neutral government representing all political tendencies. But now I think it is too late for that. The Americans can keep things going as they are now in Vietnam for many years. But in the end, America will get tired of the endless war and withdraw, leaving the field open for the Viet Cong. The Americans have put themselves in the same position as the French during the Indo-China war, and they cannot win.”


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