The Hanoi-backed government in phnom penh said yesterday that it was ready to accept international relief supples for famine-stricken Cambodia but that none should go to the opposing Pol Pot forces.
The Foreign Ministry said in a broadcast that phnom Penh was "ready to accept aid granted by all countries and international ogranizations, provided such aid is free from all political considerations."
It added that "imperialist and international reactionary forces" -- Phnom Penh's usual terms for the United States and its allies and China -- were taking advantage of the humanitarian question to insist on giving aid to both sides.
"This scheme is actually designed to legalize the dispatch of supplies to the Pol Pot-Ieng Sary remnant forces," it said.
The Khmer Rouge guerrillas of Cambodian leader Pol. Pot, driven out of Hnom Penh last January, are still fighting the Vietnamese-led forces of the new government. Ieng Sary is Pol Pot's deputy.
Wednesday night in Geneva, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations Children's Fund announced they had received "the elements of a positive response" from Phnom Pehn on lauching a large-scale relief effort for Cambodia.
The announcement said the Phnom Penh ecomics minister, Ros Samay, had agreed to let the two organizations open offices in the Cambodian capital and this was interpreted as agreement. It said the Pol Pot side had also agreed to the plan.
Relief agency sources in Bangkok said they were puzzled by the latest Phnom Penh statement and were not sure what it meant.