Prince Norodom Sihanouk said Tuesday that he resigned as president of the Cambodian guerrilla coalition because of assaults on his forces by his supposed allies, the radical communist Khmer Rouge.

"The Khmer Rouge have taken advantage of the withdrawal of Vietnamese forces west of the Mekong River to step up attacks and ambushes against the Sihanoukist National Army," the former Cambodian head of state told reporters."In the last few days I have lost quite a few soldiers and officers," he said. "The Khmer Rouge want now to liquidate Sihanoukism."

The prince also criticized backers of the coalition "who favor the Khmer Rouge outrageously in their distribution of arms."