China's Ambassador to the United Nations, Ling Qing, on March 3 dismissed as a hoax Vietnam's latest plans for partial withdrawal from Kampuchea.
GV China's Ambassador, Ling Qing seated at table in UN conference hall.
CU Ling Qing speaking. (SOT)
TRANSCRIPT: LING: (SEQ 2) "This is another hoax, produced by the Vietnamese authorities, in order to divert public attention, cover their criminal acts of aggression, deceive world opinion and extricate themselves from the internal and external difficulties which engulf them as their war of aggression against Cambodia has gone on for four years. As for the so-called annual partial withdrawal of troops, it is nothing new either. It is just a reproduction of the deceitful partial withdrawal offer the Vietnamese authorities put forward last July. Although the withdrawals are now called annual and partial, no time limit, or numbers, are specified, and the withdrawals are made dependent on security conditions. How can such an announced offer of withdrawal be of any practical significance. Our just upholding and peace loving countries, and peoples, wish to see a settlement of the Kampuchean question at the earliest possible date. The Chinese government has repeatedly explained its basic position, views, and proposals, for a settlement of the Kampuchean question, which can be summed up as follows: Vietnam must first declare an unconditional withdrawal of all its troops from Kampuchea."
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Background: China's Ambassador to the United Nations, Ling Qing, on March 3 dismissed as a hoax Vietnam's latest plans for partial withdrawal from Kampuchea. Speaking at a United Nations debate, Ambassador Ling said the proposals, for a gradual, annual withdrawal of Vietnamese troops from occupied Kampuchea were no different from proposals made last summer. He said the Chinese government was not prepared to accept anything short of an unconditional withdrawal.