Cambodia's former king vows to stay in homeland

October 30, 2011 - 4:20 AM

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — Cambodia's ailing former King Norodom Sihanouk has vowed at a rare public appearance never to leave his homeland again.

Sihanouk, his son King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen shared the podium Sunday at a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the former monarch's return to his homeland after Cambodia's devastating civil war ended.

Sihanouk in recent years has suffered from colon cancer, diabetes and hypertension and spent most of his time in China. He returned Thursday from three months of medical treatment in Beijing.

The celebration of his Nov. 14, 1991 return was held Sunday to also mark his 89th birthday on Monday.