These podcasts, introduced by Pablo Kang, the Australian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia, have been commissioned to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) holding the first free and fair elections for the Cambodian people after 30 years of civil war.

The election was held over six days between 23 and 28 May, 1993.  Despite the political intimidation leading up to the election, more than four and a half million people, half the population of the country, turned up to vote at 1400 polling stations located throughout the country.

The result was a hung parliament with the royalist party, FUNCINCEP, winning 58 seats, Hun Sen’s Party, Cambodian Peoples Party (CPP), winning 51 and the Buddhist Liberal Democratic Party, winning 10 seats.

Though FUNCINPEC, headed by Prince Norodom Rannardith, won the majority of seats, Hun Sen refused to accept the result, resulting in Hun Sen and Prince Rannardith being appointed as co-Prime Ministers.

Marje Prior has produced this series of nine podcasts based on the oral histories she recorded for her book Shooting At the Moon, published in 1994, to document the UN peace process.

They will be released weekly, starting 22 March, 2022, with the last podcast about the elections, coinciding with the commemorative event planned in Cambodia by the Australian Embassy in May.  Further details will be made available about this event in the following months.

Episode Two: Aussies Number One

Listen to the stories of four young Australian signallers from the Force Communications Unit, headed by Lieutenant Colonel Martyn Studdert. These young diggers showed extreme courage when under fire. They befriended the local villagers, even administering first aid, earning them the reputation of Aussies No 1. This podcast is dedicated to the late Kelvin Richards (pictured).

Episode One: White Elephant of Peace

Lieutenant General John Sanderson’s leadership as the Force Commander of UNTAC, showed the world the success of a UN peacekeeping mission which he attributed to keeping the dialogue open between the warring factions and refusing to engage in peace enforcement when things became tense. His efforts gained international recognition for bringing peace to Cambodia and stability to the region.

Introduction | by Pablo Kang, Australian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia

The Ambassador introduces Marje Prior’s podcasts and her book, Shooting at the Moon (1994), summarising Australia’s 70-years relationship with Cambodia. He commissioned these podcasts to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Transitional Authority (UNTAC) intervention in Cambodia in1992. The two-year UNTAC mission brought free and fair elections to the war-torn country and stability to the region.

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Introduction | by Pablo Kang, Australian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia

The Ambassador introduces Marje Prior’s podcasts and her book, Shooting at the Moon (1994), summarising Australia’s 70-years relationship with Cambodia. He commissioned these podcasts to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Transitional Authority (UNTAC) intervention in Cambodia in1992. The two-year UNTAC mission brought free and fair elections to the war-torn country and stability to the region.

Episode One: White Elephant of Peace

Lieutenant General John Sanderson’s leadership as the Force Commander of UNTAC, showed the world the success of a UN peacekeeping mission which he attributed to keeping the dialogue open between the warring factions and refusing to engage in peace enforcement when things became tense. His efforts gained international recognition for bringing peace to Cambodia and stability to the region.

Episode Two: Aussies Number One

Listen to the stories of four young Australian signallers from the Force Communications Unit, headed by Lieutenant Colonel Martyn Studdert. These young diggers showed extreme courage when under fire. They befriended the local villagers, even administering first aid, earning them the reputation of Aussies No 1. This podcast is dedicated to the late Kelvin Richards (pictured).

Episode Two: Aussies Number One

Listen to the stories of four young Australian signallers from the Force Communications Unit, headed by Lieutenant Colonel Martyn Studdert. These young diggers showed extreme courage when under fire. They befriended the local villagers, even administering first aid, earning them the reputation of Aussies No 1. This podcast is dedicated to the late Kelvin Richards (pictured).

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Episode One: White Elephant of Peace

Lieutenant General John Sanderson’s leadership as the Force Commander of UNTAC, showed the world the success of a UN peacekeeping mission which he attributed to keeping the dialogue open between the warring factions and refusing to engage in peace enforcement when things became tense. His efforts gained international recognition for bringing peace to Cambodia and stability to the region.

Read More »

Introduction | by Pablo Kang, Australian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Cambodia

The Ambassador introduces Marje Prior’s podcasts and her book, Shooting at the Moon (1994), summarising Australia’s 70-years relationship with Cambodia. He commissioned these podcasts to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the United Nations Transitional Authority (UNTAC) intervention in Cambodia in1992. The two-year UNTAC mission brought free and fair elections to the war-torn country and stability to the region.

Read More »

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