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Vietnam Capture of Phnom Penh #501332

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jan 07, 1979
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(Studio) Vietnam capture of Phnom Penh, Cambodia, noted. Audio tape of Hanoi radio broadcast with regard to capture played; transcribed on screen.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Hong Kong) Details about fall of Phnom Penh to Vietnam given. China (PR) reported to have evacuated most of its advisers to Cambodian government; escape of others noted. Lack of word on fate of Cambodian leader Pol Pot stated; reports that his regime has set up guerrilla forces in cntryside. given. Mekong River mentioned.
REPORTER: Mike Chinoy

(Studio) Policy statement issued by pro-Vietnam leaders now controlling Cambodia noted; details given. Reactions of Washington, DC and Peking to developments reported Peking's backing of former Cambodian head of state Prince Norodom Sihanouk stated; its call for United Nations intervention cited.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

(Peking, China, PR) Prince Sihanouk's arrival in Peking as Phnom Penh was under siege noted. Chinese vice-premier Ten-a Hsiao-ping's earlier statements about Cambodia-Vietnam conflict recalled; film shown. [TENG - (thru interpreter) will send materials to Cambodia, not advisers.] 1975 fall of Phnom Penh to Khmer Rouge mentioned. Teng's recommendation that Cambodia regime-in-exile, under Sihahouk, make appeal to United Nations stated; his plans to support Sihanouk's plea in New York City reported.
REPORTER: Jack Reynolds

(DC) State Department reaction to Cambodia situation described. [State Department spokesperson Jack CANNON - says concern is to avoid involving other powers in conflict.] USSR mentioned.
REPORTER: Andrea Mitchell

(Studio) History of Cambodia-Vietnam conflict given, particularly since 1975. File film shown. Conditions in Cambodia under Khmer Rouge headed by Pol Pot described. Christmas Day, 1978, noted as beginning of full-scale Vietnam offensive.
REPORTER: Jessica Savitch

Chinoy, Mike;
Mitchell, Andrea;
Reynolds, Jack;
Savitch, Jessica

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