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Thai-US Relations Strained / Mayaguez Situation / Thai Reaction #37145

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 14, 1975
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(Studio) When United States Marines arrive in Thailand for further orders with regard to Mayaguez situation, Thai government orders American troops to withdraw immediately. New US amb. to Thailand arrives today amid Mayaguez upset and strained relations between United States and Thailand.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Bangkok, Thailand) New ambassador greeted by demonstrators demanding US troops leave Thailand. [Ambassador Charles WHITEHOUSE - says he must limit remarks with regard to Mayaguez situation. Believes any problem existing between US and Thailand can and will be resolved.] [Thai Prime Min. Kukrit PRAMOJ - says Thailand registers formal complaint with United States and requests Marines be withdrawn immediately. Refuses to predict future of US-Thai diplomatic relations] Thailand wants assurances of neutrality with aggressive Communist neighbors and may break relations with United States to gain such assurances.
REPORTER: Jim Bennett

(Studio) Official of Thai foreign ministry criticizes American military action against Cambodia; claims United States gave no thought of consequences to Thailand.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Bennett, Jim;
Reasoner, Harry;
Smith, Howard K.

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