Former Cambodian Head of State Prince WP Sihanouk arrived at Brazzaville in the People's Republic of the Congo on Saturday (19 May) on the fourth leg of his tour of nine African and East European countries.
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Background: Former Cambodian Head of State Prince WP Sihanouk arrived at Brazzaville in the People's Republic of the Congo on Saturday (19 May) on the fourth leg of his tour of nine African and East European countries.
The Prince was greeted at the airport by Congolese President Marien Ngouabi. Later he was cheered by thousands as he drove through the streets of Brazzaville.
In his speech of welcome President Ngouabi told the Prince that the "peoples of Cambodia and the Congo have much in common." Both have had to struggle to free themselves from colonial rule, he said, and added that the Congo recognised only Prince Sihanouk as the legal head of Cambodia, and he claimed that forces supporting the Prince were now in control of three fifths of the country.
The President denounced both the Lon Nol ???egime and the Americans, who, he said, was supporting them. He ended by assuring the Prince that the Americans would lose in Cambodia as they had lost in Vietnam, and that Prince Sihanouk and the people of Cambodia would always have the support and friendship of the Congolese people.
Speaking to reporters at the airport the Prince expressed satisfaction at the welcome accorded him by the Congolese people and said "We are companions in arms, our friendship is inseparable."
Prince Sihanouk arrived in the Congo having previously visited Senegal, Guinea and Mali. He has said that the purpose of his tour was to thank those countries who supported what he termed "the just liberation struggle" of the Cambodian people.
SYNOPSIS: Exiled Cambodian Head of State, Prince Ace Sihanouk flew into Brazzaville airport in the People's Republic of the Congo on Saturday for an official visit. President Ngouabi and his wife were at the airport to greet their guests. Accompanying the Prince was his wife the princess. Prince Sihanouk is making a tour of nine West African and East European countries to thank them for their support.
In his speech of welcome President Ngouabi told the Prince that the Congolese people, who had themselves had to fight for their freedom, were fully behind Prince Sihanouk and the Cambodian people in their struggle. He said, that as in Vietnam, the Americans and their friends would be defeated.
He said that the Congolese government would not recognise the Lon Nol Government.
Speaking to reporters at the airport Prince Sihanouk said that he was very pleased with the welcome accorded him. He said of the Congolese people, "We are companions in arms, our friendship in inseparable".
Later in the day Prince Sihanouk was greeted by thousands of Congolese as he drove through the streets of Brazzaville.
Earlier during his tour, when he was in Guinea, the Prince had said that his government-in-exile would never accept a ceasefire with the regime of Marshal Lon Nol which ousted him three years ago. And he described U.S. policies in Indo-China as "the cruellest most barbarous imperialism in history."
On the evening of his arrival Prince Sihanouk attended an official reception given by President Ngouabi, which was followed by a private dinner.