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Cambodia / Insurgents Close In On Phnom Penh #239339

CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 05, 1975
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(Studio) Insurgents moving closer to Phnom Penh; open new attack from south side of city. More than 50 rockets and shells hit Phnom Penh airport. United States food relief plane slightly damaged; intense rocketing suspends all further flights, airlift and commercial, for time being. United States plans possible evacuation of Americans in Phnom Penh.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) United States aircraft carrier, Okinawa, in Gulf of Thailand on routine cruise, but ship's mission could change rapidly if evacuation from Cambodia becomes necessary. If insurgents take over airfield, Marines might clear field at airport and cover United States evacuation. [Secretary Defense James SCHLESINGER - says if need arises, Marines can be used to get Americans out of Cambodia.] Meanwhile, State Department says Congress thwarted promising efforts by United States to establish peace talk with Cambodians in 1973.
REPORTER: Ike Pappas

(Studio) President wants Congress to approve $222 million in emergency military aid for Cambodia; chances of approval lessen considerably after House subcommittee delayed action yesterday on aid request.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(White House) President makes strong pitch for more Cambodian aid at meeting with congress delegation just back from Cambodia and South Vietnam. Even with additional aid, Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says there's little hope for diplomatic solution to end fighting. [Representative Paul McCLOSKEY - says Kissinger believes peace must be negotiated from position of strength and there is no strength in Cambodia.] [Senator Dewey BARTLETT - says if more aid given to Cambodia, chance for controlled solution to fighting looks more promising.] [Representative Millicent FENWICK - says she would vote for aid to Cambodia, if some refugees could be evacuated during rainy season.] 1 presidential aide believes President now has fighting chance to get aid approved for Cambodia.
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Studio) Countless thousands of Cambodian refugees totally dependent on US relief agencies.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Tuol Bakha, Cambodia) Amt. of rice now reaching Phnom Penh by airlift barely able to keep up with minimum needs. Malnutrition at refugee camps common. Relief agencies make special efforts to see young children get enough food.
REPORTER: Peter Collins

Collins, Peter;
Cronkite, Walter;
Pappas, Ike;
Schieffer, Bob

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