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Cambodia / Situation Worsening #482041

NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 05, 1975
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(Studio) Rebel gunners strike American plane at Phnom Penh airport in Cambodia. Plane brings rice into city; crew unhurt; plane returns safely to base in South Vietnam, but aircraft damaged. Food and fuel airlift by United States aircraft halted at least for day. Talk of evacuating Americans from Cambodia, growing. Helicopter carrier, Okinawa, in Gulf of Thailand with 1000 American Marines aboard; 2 Marine officers now in Phnom Penh to coordinate evacuation plans. In DC, administration conts. to press for quick congress aid for Cambodia.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(White House) President and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger meet with cong. delegation, just back from tour of Cambodia. [Senator Dewey BARTLETT - says if aid not forthcoming, blood bath to follow, wiping out all government leadership] [Representative Paul McCLOSKEY - says Kissinger feels there's little hope for negotiation with Cambodia; United States must negotiate from strength and there is no strength in Cambodia.] [Defense Secretary James SCHLESINGER - confirms contingency plans do exist for American evacuation from Phnom Penh.] President convinced congress inspection of Cambodia's situation helped his argument for more United States aid in Cambodia.
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw

(Studio) Rebels shelling Phnom Penh and airport using captured United States shells and guns. More than 50 shells fall on airport today.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Phnom Penh, Cambodia) Govt. troops have recently lost number of key positions. American airlift seems to be providing enough ammunition for time being. Many units at less than 50% normal strength because casualties so high. Attempts to increase draft of eligible young people have failed. Rockets continue to hit Phnom Penh, wounding and killing civilians and badly affecting morale of people. Lon Nol conts. to head government, but most agree he's completely out of touch with seriousness of situation.
REPORTER: Jack Reynolds

(Studio) Cambodian premier says government of Lon Nol to resign only if it will lead to peace and reconciliation.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Brokaw, Tom;
Chancellor, John;
Reynolds, Jack

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