The Kampuchean United Front for National Salvation commemorated its 42nd anniversary on Wednesday.
Staff at the Solidarity Front for the Development of the Cambodian Motherland — as the Front is now known — extended their “deep gratitude” to Samdech Akka Moha Ponhea Chakrei Heng Samrin, the National Assembly president who also serves as honorary chairman of the front’s national council.
“Without December 2, there would have been no January 7,” Solidarity Front Vice Chairman H.E. Nhem Valy said in a letter to Samdech Heng Samrin, referring to the victory over Pol Pot’s forces in 1979.
“January 7 has brought us everything we have today,” H.E. Nhem Valy said.
Samdech Heng Samrin founded the front in Snoul in Kratie province on Dec. 2, 1978, unveiling an 11-point plan to overthrow the genocidal Pol Pot regime.
In his memoirs, he recalled that the Front was set up “in the spirit of independence and virtues of the Cambodian people to unite all citizens across the country and to bring together – irrespective of politics and religion – all patriots.”
These included “workers, farmers, intellectuals, the middle class, monks, current ruling power patriots and emigrants living abroad regardless of age or gender to be reunited in both spirit and ideas.”
The Front was formed to “erase the brutality and bloodshed” of the Pol Pot regime with the aim of Cambodia becoming “a truly peaceful, independent, democratic, neutral and non-aligned country,” he said.
The launch of the Front in Snoul was preceded by a general assembly on Vietnamese territory on Nov. 28 to adopt the 11-point plan.
Samdech Heng Samrin said the assembly also nominated the 14 leaders of the Front.
“I was chairman, Chea Sim was deputy chairman and Ros Samay was secretary-general,” he wrote. “The other members of the Front were Hun Sen, Mat Ly, Bun Mi, Mean Sam An, Meas Somnang, Neou Samom, the Venerable Long Sim, Hem Samin, Chey Kanha, Chan Ven and Prach Sun.”
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press