BANGKOK, DEC. 15 -- Cambodian Premier Hun Sen said today that he will go to Paris next week to meet with guerrilla leaders who have fought his Vietnamese-installed government for more than a decade.
Until the announcement, reported by Cambodia's official SPK news agency and monitored in Bangkok, it had not been clear whether talks between Hun Sen and leaders of three Cambodian guerrilla groups would go on as scheduled in the French capital.
The premier said he would arrive in Paris on Friday to attend a meeting of Cambodia's Supreme National Council, according to the report. The council was formed under a peace plan for Cambodia announced in August by the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council -- Britain, China, France, the Soviet Union and the United States.
The Supreme National Council consists of six members from the Phnom Penh government and six from the three-faction guerrilla coalition. It was intended to represent Cambodian sovereignty during a transition period before elections and occupy the nation's U.N. seat.
Under the peace plan, the United Nations would administer Cambodia while the warring factions are disarmed and preparations are made for elections. The government and the rebels have accepted it in principle, but fighting continues.
The Supreme National Council convened in Bangkok in mid-September, but the meeting failed to agree on what role Prince Norodom Sihanouk, leader of the rebel coalition, should play in the council.
Hun Sen said he was going to Paris after receiving an invitation from French Foreign Minister Roland Dumas and Indonesian Foreign Minister Ali Alatas. France and Indonesia lead the Paris International Conference on Cambodia, a forum overseeing peace efforts.
Vietnam installed the Phnom Penh government after invading Cambodia in late 1978 and ousting the Khmer Rouge regime. Under the rule of the Communist Khmer Rouge, which began in 1975, more than 1 million of the 8 million Cambodians died from executions, famine and civil unrest. China is the major supplier of the guerrillas, which include the Khmer Rouge.