INTRODUCTION: In Kampuchea, Vietnamese forces are reported to have surrendered some sparsely populated areas rather than become caught up in a long and costly operation to clean out resistance groups, including the Khmer Rouge.
GV Street scenes in Kampuchea cillage.
GV Army presence in streets.
GV TRACKING SHOT Vietnamese troops on patrol.
SV Bridge with villagers crossing.
GV Vietnamese soldiers in army vehicle.
SV PAN Crowd TO Vietnamese troops. (2 SHOTS)
GV Soldiers guarding road.
SPEECH ON FILM (TRANSCRIPT):
LOCKYER: "The maintenance of the 200-thousand strong army in Kampuchea is now placing huge strains on Vietnam's troubled economy despite the big backing the country is receiving from the Soviet Union. There are morale problems too. Many of the Vietnamese serving in kampuchea were drafted from the South and don't generally exhibit the same enthusiasm for their task that is shown by northerners who grew up fighting for the communist cause. There is a steady flow of disgruntled deserters to neighbouring Thailand, almost all of them draftees from southern Vietnam. many of the Vietnamese troops have been in kampuchea for more than two years without seeing home.
"For some, the operation in Kampuchea means guarding a bridge or a stretch of road in the middle of nowhere. Vietnam is determined that its troops will stay at all costs while the Vietnamese style of communism is gradually introduced to Phnom Penh. Vietnam and Kampuchea have a long history of conflict and while animosity towards the Vietnamese presence is expressed in little more than whispers at this stage, the Vietnamese will have to work hard at winning over the people if they are to ensure that history is not repeated."
REPORTER: PAUL LOCKYER
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Background: INTRODUCTION: In Kampuchea, Vietnamese forces are reported to have surrendered some sparsely populated areas rather than become caught up in a long and costly operation to clean out resistance groups, including the Khmer Rouge. The full story from the Australian Broadcasting Commission's Paul Lockyer in Kampuchea.