Vietnam wants to normalize relations with the United States as a step toward resolving the Cambodian conflict rather than making such a settlement a condition for normalization, a Vietnamese spokeswoman said.

"Vietnam holds that the normalization of U.S.-Vietnam ties will facilitate their bilateral cooperation in settling the Cambodian question," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Ho The Lan said.Lan said, however, that the United States has demanded "that the complete settlement of the Cambodian issue be a condition for the completion of the process of normalizing relations."