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Cambodia / United States Aid / Lon Nol Government Shake-Up #36194

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 12, 1975
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(Studio) In House, Democrat Congmen. caucus and vote overwhelmingly against further mil. aid to Cambodia or South Vietnam this fiscal year
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Capitol Hill) [Representative Phillip BURTON - believes Cambodia and South Vietnam devastated by United States involvement. As long as our involvement conts., so will maiming, crippling and killing.] After Democrat caucus vote, House For. Affairs subcommittee recommends some military assistance be granted Cambodia if it's tied to some tangible progress toward negotiated settlement.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Senator Henry Jackson suggests Sen, Mike Mansfield go to Peking and attempt to negotiate with ousted Cambodian Prince Norodom Sihanouk. Sihanouk recognized by some as head of rebels in Cambodia. In Phnom Penh, General Sosthene Fernandez gives up his post as commander in chief of armed forces for Lon Nol government
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Phnom Penh, Cambodia) It's believed Prime Min. Long Boret responsible for firing of General Fernandez. Prime Min. given orders to form new cabinet, but own future in doubt. President Lon Nol presides over change in cmd. Significance of Fernandez' resignation outlined.
REPORTER: Jim Bennett

(DC) [Cambodian ambassador to US, Urn SIM - says Lon Nol will never stand in way of peace. If peace can be achieved, Lon Nol won't hesitate to leave.] Asked for assurances that more United States aid won't be wasted on doomed government [SIM - can guarantee Phnom Penh, Cambodia, won't fall as long as troops have ammunition; there's enough ammunition for month or 1 1/2 mos. If United States aid conts. till rainy season, Phnom Penh won't fall.]
REPORTER: Herbert Kaplow

Bennett, Jim;
Donaldson, Sam;
Kaplow, Herbert;
Reasoner, Harry;
Smith, Howard K.

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