CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 11, 1975
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(Studio) House For. Affairs subcommittee deadlocks on President' request for more military aid to Cambodia; Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee votes 4 to 3 to recommend $125 million in aid, not $222 million asked for by President
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) On Capitol Hill, Defense Secretary James Schlesinger argues for military aid to Cambodia. [Senator John TOWER - says Cambodian situation not generally regarded as salvable. Thinks Cambodia can hold out for matter of days only.] [SCHLESINGER - says if military aid approved, there's still reasonable hope for negotiations.]
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer
(Studio) By all accts., situation in Cambodia bleak. Govt. troops' attempts to push insurgents back from rocket range of Phnom Penh airport have failed. President Lon Nol trying to shore up what political strength he has left.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Phnom Penh, Cambodia) In effort to dispel rumors he's left Phnom Penh, Lon Nol permits newsmen to take pictures of him and family on palace grounds. Under pressure from United States ambassador John Gunther Dean, Lon Nol tries to reorganize armed forces and strengthen government before possible talks with insurgents. Lon Nol ousts commander of armed forces, General Sosthene Fernandez, and takes over control of army. Lon Nol asks Prime Min. Long Boret to form new cabinet.
REPORTER: Peter Collins
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