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Capital: Phnom-Penh
Large Cities: Battambaug, Kampong Chan
Languages: Khmer, French
Religion: Theravada, Buddhism
Currency: Riel

Location: Situated on the Indo-China Peninsula in south-east Asia, the People's Republic of Kampuchea changed its name to the original one Cambodia in May, 1989. For sometime between October 1970 and May 1975 - the country was also known as Khmer Republic.

Government: In May, 1993, the country held multi-party elections. An interim government, was set up by three parties, ending the 14-year reign of the Vietnamese-installed administration. In September 1993, a new constitution was signed, restoring Prince Sihanouk as King of Cambodia. Khmer Rouge was outlawed in July 1994. They in turn, formed a provisional government.

In July 1997, second PM Hun Sen took control of Phnom Penh and became the supreme leader of the country. His rival, first PM Norodom Ranariddh, fled the country. The royalist Funcinpec party of Ranariddh challenged the new first PM Ung Hout's election. Ranariddh was sentenced in absentia in March to 5 years' R.I. by a military court. On April 15, Pol Pot died. Hun Sen emerged the winner in the election of July 1998.

Chief Crops: Cambodia is an under-developed country with 50 per cent of its land covered by virgin forests. Rice (occupies 90% of arable land), maize, beans, black pepper, rubber. Cattle rearing and fishing are fairly well-developed. Tonle Sap is one of the world's richest sources of freshwater fish, and most farmers and fishermen, too. The forests are rich in valuable timber.

Minerals: Iron, copper, manganese and gold.

Industry: Rice milling, wood and rubber.

Tourist Attraction: Angkor Wat, built from 9th to 12th centuries, the largest cultural monument in the world, is the major tourist attraction.

Mission in India:
Royal Embassy of Cambodia
N-14, Panchsheel Park
New Delhi - 110 017
Tel: 011 - 2649 5092
Fax: 011 - 2649 5093
Email: camboemb@del2.vsnl.net.in

Indian Mission in Cambodia:
Embassy of India
Villa No.777, Boulevard Monivong
Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Tel: 00 - 855 - 23 - 210912, 913
Fax: 00 - 855 - 23 - 213640, 210914
Email: embindia@bigpond.com.kh, mlbemindia@bigpond.com.kh (FS)

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