The Straits Times
Published on Oct 19, 2012

Regional leaders to pay respects to Cambodian ex-king


PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Southeast Asian leaders were headed for Cambodia on Friday to pay their respects to the country's late former king who navigated the kingdom through six turbulent decades.

The prime ministers of Thailand, Vietnam and Laos will visit the royal palace where revered ex-monarch Norodom Sihanouk is lying in state after his body was brought home on Wednesday to a sea of hundreds of thousands of mourners.

They will be the first foreign leaders to pay their condolences at the palace.

The charismatic royal, known affectionately by his people as the "King-Father", died of a heart attack in Beijing on Monday aged 89.