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Cambodia / Emergency United States Aid / Fighting Worsens #238797

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Feb 26, 1975
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(Studio) Associated Press quotes diplomatic sources as saying nothing can save Cambodia from eventual collapse, not even extra aid requested by Ford administration US amb. to Cambodia, John Gunther Dean, calls situation grim but not desperate. Defense Secretary William Schlesinger believes Cambodia has good chance for survival if emergency aid approved.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) Schlesinger tells subcommittee Cambodian government to run out of arms by late March if no United States aid forthcoming and then Phnom Penh would fall. [Representative Joseph ADDABBO - wants assurances Cambodia could last till end of fiscal yr. if United States gives emergency aid.] [SCHLESINGER - thinks probability for Cambodia's survival would be high, but can offer no guarantees. Hopefully aid could buy time to get peace talks going.] Attempts to set up peace talks with Cambodian Communists have been tried, but so far have failed.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(Studio) Senator Hubert Humphrey charges Schlesinger and President with misleading American people with regard to Cambodia. Senator Mike Mansfield says he's tired of seeing Cambodian and Vietnam people slaughtered by American guns and ammunition. Fighting in Cambodia worsens. Neak Luong last government stronghold on Mekong River.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Phnom Penh, Cambodia) Superficially, Phnom Penh doesn't look like city under siege, but signs of war all around. Army desperately short of men. Rockets hit portions of Phnom Penh every day. More than war, Cambodians worry about hunger; prices soar. Cambodia's soldiers worst paid, worst treated and least helped of all people in Cambodia. Most soldiers must take their families wherever they go.
REPORTER: Bruce Dunning

Cronkite, Walter;
Dunning, Bruce;
Pappas, Ike

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