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Eisenhower and CambodiaDiplomacy, Covert Action, and the Origins of the Second Indochina War$
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William J. Rust

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780813167428

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813167428.001.0001

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“Getting Along with Sihanouk” (1960)

“Getting Along with Sihanouk” (1960)

(p.217) 10 “Getting Along with Sihanouk” (1960)
Eisenhower and Cambodia

William J. Rust

University Press of Kentucky

Acknowledging that US encouragement of Sihanouk’s anticommunist opposition had been counterproductive, the Eisenhower administration formally amended its policy in Cambodia in NSC 6012. US efforts to get along with Sihanouk were hindered by provocative South Vietnamese diplomatic and military moves—for example, a demand by the Diem regime that Cambodia renounce its claim to several small offshore islands in the Gulf of Thailand. And instead of trying to work cooperatively with Cambodia on measures to control Vietnamese communists along the border, the Diem government continued to support the Khmer Serei. In the fall of 1960, Sihanouk visited the United States but was disappointed with President Eisenhower’s noncommittal response to his request for enhanced military aid. As the leader of the Cambodian delegation at the fifteenth session of the United Nations General Assembly, he also resented the disproportionate public attention focused on the Soviet Union and other major powers.

Keywords:   NSC 6012, Sihanouk’s visit to the United States in 1960, fifteenth session of the United Nations General Assembly

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