The five permanent Security Council members agreed Tuesday on plans for a truce in Cambodia and U.N. administration of the country until a new government is elected.
It would be the United Nations' deepest involvement in any regional conflict, one diplomat said.The five - the United States, Britain, France, China and the Soviet Union - wrapped up two days of private talks on the details of a transitional administration to guide Cambodia to peace and democracy.
``We have gone as far as we can as the five permanent members,' said a U.S. diplomat involved in the talks. ``Now it is up to the four Cambodian parties.'
The diplomat was referring to the Khmer Rouge, its two non-communist guerrilla allies and the Vietnam-installed government in Cambodia. ``The question is, can the four Cambodian factions agree?' the diplomat asked.
The factions are to meet in Indonesia in September.
A Western ambassador close to the talks expressed ``optimism with a heavy dose of caution' about the prospects for the warring parties accepting the proposals, but said he thought the chances were better than even.
The agreement of the five permanent Security Council members means the backers of the warring factions - the United States, the Soviet Union and China - have reached accord on a peace plan.
The Khmer Rouge receives its weapons and supplies from China; the Soviets back the current Cambodian government of Prime Minister Hun Sen; the United States backs the two non-communist guerrilla factions.
The U.S. diplomat, requesting anonymity, said the agreement would give the United Nations ``very broad authority to administer and to control Cambodia.'
It would be the most significant U.N. involvement in a regional conflict.