The thirty-sixth session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (E.S.C.A.P) opened in Bangkok on Tuesday (18 March) with a call from the new Thai Minister, General Prem Tinsulanonda, for an international conference on Kampuchea.
GV & SV ESCAP delegates arrive at conference hall (2 shots)
SV Democratic Kampuchean delegates arrive and take seats (3 shots)
SV Chinese delegates seated
SV Soviet delegates seated
SV Lao delegates seated
SV Vietnamese delegates seated
GV Delegates seated at table
GV & SV Thai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda speaking as delegates listen and applaud (5 shots)
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Background: The thirty-sixth session of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (E.S.C.A.P) opened in Bangkok on Tuesday (18 March) with a call from the new Thai Minister, General Prem Tinsulanonda, for an international conference on Kampuchea.
SYNOPSIS: Delegates from thirty-five countries are attending the two-weeks conference which will examine pressing problems of dwindling energy supplies, lagging food production and unemployment in the region.
E.S.C.A.P. is the only major forum linking the countries of Asia and the Pacific in promoting social and economic progress on a regional basis. But it has warned that the next few years will be difficult for its developing member countries because of recession in the international economy.
But overshadowing the meeting is the continuing turmoil in Kampuchea. The Soviet Union, Laos and Vietnam have made vigorous protests at the presence of the Democratic Kampuchea delegation representing the ousted Khmer Rouge government, instead of representatives of the ruling Heng Samrin government, which is not yet recognised by the United Nations.
Kampuchea was also very much on the mind of Thai Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda. He called for an international conference with the participation of all the parties concerned to find a political solution to the conflict in Kampuchea. He said the solution should be along the lines of a U.N resolution last year which called for a ceasefire and the withdrawal of foreign forces from the country to allow Kampucheans to determine their own future.