ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 16, 1975
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(Studio) Khmer Rouge forces capture airport and direct heavy artillery fire in ctr. of Phnom Penh. Cambodian leaders send note to exiled Cambodian Prince Norodom Sihanouk through International Red Cross; note asks for cease-fire. Later, Sihanouk says offer unacceptable; urges leaders to leave Phnom Penh immediately.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner
(DC) Sihanouk's alliance with Khmer Rouge simply one of convenience. [In 1973, Norodom SIHANOUK - said he considers himself figurehead only; wants to avoid involvement in government of Cambodia.] Sihanouk lacks authority to order transfer of power or order cease-fire. Khmer Rouge head, Khieu Samphan, to be real head of any government in Cambodia.
REPORTER: Ted Koppel
(Studio) Congmen. supporting and opposing President's request for more military aid for Cambodia call expected fall of Cambodia a tragedy. Word of Cambodia's proposed surrender reaches President just as he prepares to speak to American Society of Newspaper Eds. in DC.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith
(White House) President says United States to help Cambodia in any way it can now, although United States not directly involved in negotiations. [President FORD - believes China and USSR maintained commitments to allies after Paris peace agreement, but United States didn't carry out its commitment to South Vietnam.] President also talks about need for unity at home and cooperation with Congress in foreign affairs.
REPORTER: Steve Bell
(DC) United States Army chief of staff Frederick Weyand tells Senate Appropriations Committee that North Vietnam drive slowing because South Vietnam resistance stiffening. [Senator Robert BYRD - says he'll vote for more military aid for South Vietnam because government troops now showing will to fight. Problem of Americans in South Vietnam now very real danger.] Senate Foreign Relations Committee members come down hard on administration's American evacuation plan from South Vietnam.
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson
(Studio) In speech today, President says all