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Tuesday, Oct. 12, 1976 gl;r tBukcntfirlh (EaUforntan PLUS 10 SUPERMARKET 1620 BRUNDAOE LANE NEW FALL STORE HOURS: Dally 9 A.M. to 9 P.M. Pricw EWmtlM Oct, 13 thru Pel. 19 NO COUPONS NEEDED THIS WEEK!! Friskles DINNERS OR CUBES DOG FOOD 50-Lb. Ex-Cambodian head drops from view HONG KONG (AP) - Prince Norodom Sihanouk, the former Cambodian chief of state ousted by a generals' coup In 1970 and returned to his country by victorious communists communists last year, has dropped from sight. Since the 54-year-old prince resigned in April the Communist Khmer Rouge regime has provided no news of his whereabouts. Most Cambodia watchers in Bangkok and Hong Kong feel Sihanouk and his wife. Princess Monistic, arc alive but are kept out ol sight of the handful of Communist bloc diplomats accredited to the strict Cambodian Communist regime. Phnom Penb radio has not mentioned Sihanouk since he resigned and it announced then he had been granted granted an $8,000 annual penion Letters from friends addressed to him at the Cambodian Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh are being returned marked "addressee unknown." sources here and in Bangkok claim Reports from Phnom Penh are hard to come by Even Communist diplomats are forbidden to go more than 5ti yards from their embassies without a Khmer Rouge escort A Chinese plane makes one round trip a week from Peking to Phnom Penh, where authorities make it difficult to leave. One diplomat had to feign illness to get out. a European colleague said. One version of Sihanouk's Cambodia existence circulating circulating here and in Bangkok is that he lives a monk like exist ence and tends his vegetable garden. Some sources say he is living near the royal palace, others believe he is living in Takhmau, a Phnom Penh suburb, three miles south of the center of the capital. One report said ho shaved his head last .June Sihanouk and his exiled followers journeyed from Peking Peking to Cambodia after It fell to Communist forces on April 17. 1!(75. A number of those who traveled with the prince later defected to the West, complaining about the forced evacuation of Phnom Penh and Khmer Rouge cruelty These sources reported Sihanouk was disillusioned by the harsh Communist regime. During Ihe five-year Cambodian Cambodian civil war relations were strained between Sihanouk. In exile in Peking and the Khmer Rouge fighting in Cambodia In the Khmer Rouge zones during the war it was a fatal offense to have a pi< lure ol Sihanouk, refugees at the time reported But the Cambodian Communist leaders needed the prince to gain international support. Sihanouk told a Western reporter in 1 !»74 it was bis friendship with the late Chinese Premier Chou-En-lai that finally resulted in massive military aid being tunneled to the Khmer Rouge insurgents This equipment was vital to Communists in their drive on Phnom Penh. They received mines to block Ihe Mekong River, which isolated Phnom Penh, rockets and Chinese- made copies of the C S KKimm howit/er. which they used to shell the capital. Many observers of Cambodian affairs say they believe the Khmer Rouge do not let Sihanouk leave because they fear he might now make statements against the Khmer Roug. Some believe the Khmer Rouge would prefer the prince dead and some rumors say he is. Inside Cambodia life remains harsh. People disappear and are not heard from, malnutrjlion and disease are rampant, rampant, persistent anti-Khmer Rouge resistance groups continue continue to operate and there are occasional skirmishes between between the Khmer Rouge and Vietnamese Communist forces still in eastern Cambodia, Cambodia watchers here and in Bangkok report. Premier Pol Pot said in August in an interview broadcast broadcast by Hanoi Radio that 80 per cent of the Cambodia people people had malaria and that Khmer Rouge medical knowledge was low. The following month Phnom Penh radio announced announced Pol Pot was ill from an unspecified ailment and would step down temporarily. He was replaced by Nuon Chea, who is president of the permanent committee of the Cambodian People's Assembly. Khmer Rouge excesses have caused-more than 10,000 Cambodian refugees to flee to Thailand. International relief relief workers say about 50 Cambodians a week cross the Jungle Jungle border and reporters coming from Saigon say more have fled to Vietnam where they are welcomed by the Communist authorities whose relations with Phnom Penh appear strained.