The Vietnamese Foreign Minister, Nguyen Co Thach ended two days of talks Thai leaders on Wednesday (21 May) without reaching agreement on Kampuchea.
GV EXTERIOR OF Government House.
SV Foreign Minister Thach entering room and is greeted by General Prem.
GV Foreign Minister Thach with General Prem sitting beside him, reads Prime Minister Dong's message. (5 SHOTS)
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Background: The Vietnamese Foreign Minister, Nguyen Co Thach ended two days of talks Thai leaders on Wednesday (21 May) without reaching agreement on Kampuchea. The Thai Foreign Ministry said neither side would compromise on the issue of 200,000 Vietnamese troops in Kampuchea. The Vietnamese insist that their troops must remain to protect Kampuchea from China, while Thailand would like to see the country as a neutral buffer state between itself and Vietnam.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting between Foreign Minister Nguyen Co Thach and the Thai Prime Minister was held at Government House. As the talks took place, the first group of Kampuchean refugees to leave Vietnam for resettlement aboard arrived in Bangkok on their way to France. They flew into the Thai capital on board an aircraft chartered by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Thailand is said to be under considerable pressure from the United States to reassess their attitude to the Vietnamese presence in Kampuchea. Foreign Minister Thach brought a message from the Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Van Dong who expressed his "warmest friendship". His note said he believed that although there were many problems remaining, it was in the interests of both countries that relations between Thailand and Vietnam should improve. Their First round of talks, General Prem said later, had taken place in "a very good atmosphere."