ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 11, 1975
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(Studio) In Cambodia, rebel troops continue their attacks on Phnom Penh and President Lon Nol announces shake-up in his government In South Vietnam, nationwide Communist offensive underway, although Pentagon refuses to characterize fighting this way.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Although Cambodia dominates news, President being told South Vietnam fighting poses greater long-range threat to US. So far, offensive aimed at nonpopulated areas with purpose in mind of isolating populated areas. Communists trying to cut Highway 5 to Pleiku and Tay Ninh. [Defense Secretary James SCHLESINGER - discusses Cambodian situation; agrees with administration's viewpoint of providing military aid to last Cambodia till rainy season.] Schlesinger also concedes seriousness of North Vietnam offensive in South Vietnam.
REPORTER: Steve Bell
(Capitol Hill) Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee meets to consider President' appeal for more military aid to Cambodia. By 4 to 3 margin, subcommittee votes to give Cambodia $125 million in ammunition and $90 million for food and medicine. [Senator Hubert HUMPHREY - explains his reason for voting against measure.] [Senator John TOWER - doesn't think Cambodia salvable; coalition government is best that can be hoped for.] Humphrey predicts new aid for Cambodia to be killed by Senator or House
REPORTER: Bob Clark
(Studio) In Cambodia, President Lon Nol fires commander in chief and asks premier Long Boret to form new government Some believe that may be effort to form regime that could negotiate with insurgents. United States airlift of food and supplies into Phnom Penh curtailed because of heavy rocket fire on Phnom Penh's airport.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(Phnom Penh, Cambodia) Rebel troops' attempt to push back insurgents from airport has been intensive but unsuccessful. Govt.'s operation has taken heavy toll in dead and wounded. British embassy evacuates commonwealth subjects who have been living in Cambodia. British embassy to remain open.
REPORTER: Jim Bennett
(Studio) On preceding report, pictures better than sound. White House spns. confirm some Americans, mostly women and children, have started leaving Phnom Penh at suggestion of American embassy.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
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