The Non-Aligned Conference which began in Georgetown, Guyana, on Tuesday (8 August) was preceded by several days of accreditation disputes between some delegations.
GV Mr Long Boret talking with reporter and seated with members of delegation (4 shots)
MV Boret answering question (SOUND ON FILM)
MV & CU Head of exiled Cambodian government with reporter (2 shots)
MV Delegate answering question in French
TRANSCRIPT (LONG BORET) "We come here, you know in coming here we are conscious of out right not to ask the seat, you know, but as our right...because we represent officially Cambodia...the Khmer Republic called now Khmer republic...and we are members, regular members, lawful members of the United Nations so if the Non-Aligned Countries' Conference admit the government, the official government of Cambodia...not the other side."
(DAVIS) "Would you be satisfied if the seat is left vacant once again? (LONG BORET) "As I told you, you know, referring to the preceding question, we come here and we (indistinct) our seat. We couldn't never be satisfied if the seat will be left vacant."
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Background: The Non-Aligned Conference which began in Georgetown, Guyana, on Tuesday (8 August) was preceded by several days of accreditation disputes between some delegations. One of the most marked disputes was that between official delegates from the Khmer Republic's government in Phnom Penh and envoya representing the Peking-based Cambodian government-in-exile of Prince Norodom Sihanouk. The Phnom Penh delegation arrived in Georgetown a week early, but Prince Sihanouk's envoys...arriving five days later....were soon lobbying extensively with the aid of a flood of literature for the press and other delegations. At the last Non-Aligned Conference in Lusaka, Cambodia's seat was declared vacant after similar rival claims.
The leaders of both delegations were interviewed on Sunday (6 August) by Visnews reporter Martin Davis. Mr Long Boret. Leader of the Phnom Penh government delegation....and the Khmer Republic's Minister of Information...emphasised that the Khmer Republic was officially recognised by the United Nations and that his delegation had a right to be heard at the Conference. Leader of Prince Sihanouk's delegation...Education Minister Chan Youran...insisted that the vacant seat should be attributed to the Royal Cambodian Government, of national union, which he claimed represented non-aligned Cambodia. he also believed his delegation's cause would win through at the Conference. Mr. Chan Youran, whose party of envoys had arrived via Paris, has lobbied many delegations and distributed maps outlining the claimed "liberation" of 85 percent of Cambodia by Prince Sihanouk's forces.