Chinese Premier Li Peng Monday threw his weight behind Prince Norodom Sihanouk as the man to head Cambodia's supreme national council and help bring peace to the war-torn country.

"The most urgent thing to do now is to elect Prince Sihanouk chairman of the supreme national council of the country in order to make the organization start its work," the official New China News Agency quoted him as saying."Otherwise all other problems on the Cambodian issue will be hard to solve."

Li made the remarks during a meeting with Thai Foreign Minister Subin Pinkayan. Subin arrived Saturday and was scheduled to leave after his meeting with the premier.

Three Cambodian guerrilla factions and the Phnom Penh government they oppose agreed in September to form the council as part of a United Nations plan to end 11 years of fighting.