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Cambodia-Vietnam Conflict / Cambodia Fall #260368

CBS Evening News for Monday, Jan 08, 1979
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(Studio) Arrival in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from Hanoi, Vietnam, of new self-declared ruler of Cambodia, rebel leader Heng Samrin, noted. Vietnam-backed rebels' capture of much of Cambodia, from port of Kompong Som up west shore of Meking River, reported Alleged fighting in rest of cntry. stated. USSR and China (PR) mentioned as backers of Vietnam and Cambodia, respectively. Reactions of USSR , China and Vietnam to recent developments in area cited. United States position in conflict noted. Expected debate of developments in UN Security Council later in week reported Flight of Chinese advisers from Cambodia to Thailand stated. Cambodia's former leader, Pol Pot, mentioned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Thailand-Cambodia Border) Evacuation of Chinese advisers in Cambodia to Thailand detailed. Contd. control of border area by Khmer Rouge noted. Plans to airlift Chinese home from old United States Air Force Base at Utapao reported Others to cross border from Cambodia said to include representatives of North Korea, Yugoslavia, Egypt, Romania and Burma.
REPORTER: Peter Collins

(Studio) Ousted Cambodian government's choice of representative to plead case reported to be former government leader Prince Norodom Sihanouk. Sihanouk's press conference in Peking prior to departure for United Nations in New York City noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Peking, China, PR) Sihanouk's report that he was prisoner of Cambodian Communists stated. Details of news conference given. [SIHANOUK - has seen no killing.] Prince's remarks about ousted Cambodian Communist government, its fight against Soviet backed Vietnam and its internal policies with human rights violations outlined. [SIHANOUK - doesn't approve of Pol Pot's internal policy violating human rights.] Sihanouk's plans to request political asylum in China, or failing that, in France, if his term as representative of ousted Cambodian government is ended reported.
REPORTER: Bernard Kalb

(Studio) Reporter Bill McLaughlin's report on United Nations view of possible pleas for new government in Cambodia by Sihanouk detailed. Upcoming item noted.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

Collins, Peter;
Cronkite, Walter;
Kalb, Bernard

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