After a high level review, President Bush has reaffirmed U.S. policy toward Cambodia as the "right track" despite criticism that it indirectly aids the Khmer Rouge, administration officials said yesterday.

An official said Bush reaffirmed the policy at a May 10 National Security Council meeting that also touched on other regional conflicts. "Everyone concurred that we are on the right course" during the meeting attended by Secretary of State James A. Baker III and other senior officials in addition to Bush, the official said.

Bush, in a news conference yesterday, called U.S. policy in Cambodia "very complicated" and said that "to the degree it has any effect to help them {the Khmer Rouge}, yes, I am uncomfortable about it." He added, however, that a diplomatic compromise has been worked out and "at this juncture, I think we're on the right track."

Bush said, "We are reviewing the whole policy now." However, a White House official said that, to his knowledge, no current review is taking place. He said Bush apparently was referring to the review that culminated in the May 10 NSC meeting.

A recent ABC News special report on Cambodia late last month followed by prominent newspaper editorials were critical of U.S. policy, which calls for the Khmer Rouge as well as non-communist factions and the Phnom Penh government to play a role in interim Cambodian arrangements. Officials denied that public criticism touched off the policy review but said the restudy was caused by several impending developments, such as the meeting on Cambodia at the United Nations this weekend involving the United States, the Soviet Union, China, Britain and France.

A State Department official said international pressures are building on the four Cambodian factions to agree to a U.N.-supervised interim accord leading to free elections. The four factions are expected to meet June 4-5 in Tokyo, and reports from Bangkok suggested that the factions may sign a cease-fire agreement then.

U.S. officials are skeptical about a cease-fire unless it is clearly linked to a U.N. interim plan or some other comprehensive accord. In the absence of such a link, the cease-fire is unlikely to be effective or lasting, an official said.

A sign of potential change that is being closely watched in administration circles is the recent activity in the relations between China and Vietnam, which have been the two most important backers of rival Cambodian factions. Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Dinh No Liem visited Beijing to discuss the situation in Cambodia and a return visit by a Chinese official is expected soon.

The increase in Cambodia-related diplomacy in Asia makes it likely that the "Big Five" meeting starting today in New York will not decide on important substantive steps but instead will seek to apply renewed international backing to the settlement moves underway in the region, a State Department official said.

Bush, in his news conference remarks, denied reports -- as the State Department did earlier -- that the United States is supplying arms to Cambodian non-communist factions.