- 1979–1989 Flag of the People's Republic of Kampuchea
|The Flag of the People's Republic of Kampuchea|
Following the overthrow of the Pol Pot regime by Khmer Rouge defectors known as the Kampuchean United Front for National Salvation (or FUNSK) and backed by the Vietnamese who had been provoked and invaded by the Khmer Rouge there was now a new establishment being set up.
While still overtly Communist and Pro-Soviet the new People's Republic of Kampuchea (PRK) was completely different from the evils and Killing Fields of "Angkar".
Instead of genocidal paranoid destruction the new government began to restore traditional, cultural and some aspects of Buddhist religion to help bring the country back to life.
At the same time the Flag used by the Kampuchean United Front for National Salvation was adopted by the PRK government with the 5 towers of Angkor Wat being declared symbolic of the unity of between the country's soldiers, traders, workers, peasants and intellectuals.
- 1989–1991 Flag of the State of Cambodia
|The Flag of the State of Cambodia|
As the Soviet decline led to the inevitable withdrawal of Vietnamese influence it was on April 29–30, 1989 that the "People's Republic of Kampuchea" was changed to a more conciliatory "State of Cambodia" (SOC).
The long-standing blue colour was reintroduced to the Cambodian flag which was merged with the existing PRK flag while other small national acts of reconciliation were further made with new National Anthem, apathetic abolishment of the death penalty and the full reinstatement of Buddhism as the national religion.
- 1992–1993 Flag of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC)
|The Flag of the United Nations Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC)|
It was on 23rd October in 1991, following extensive negotiations between the key Royalist, SOC/CPP and Khmer Rouge and with the international community, that a settlement was signed by all sides at the Paris Peace Conference.
This effectively gave power of the country other to the UN to supervise a ceasefire, begin repatriating Khmer refugees, work between the different factions to disarm and demob and to get Cambodia set up to hold its first free and fair elections under the UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) after which point the country would return to legitimate self-rule.
In March 1992 UNTAC began its mission and while the UNTAC Flag only flew for a single year it signalled the the major turning point of Cambodia's path away from the Killing Fields, its re-entry to the international community and fresh chance to reunify and rebuild.