Oxfam, the British based famine relief organisation has succeeded in getting another shipment of supplies into Kampuchea.
GV Oxfam Headquarters in Oxford
SV AND CU Posters on Cambodia situation (2 shots)
GV INTERIOR People seated in front of map in Oxfam Office
CU Cheque for Oxford
SV AND CU Mr. Guy Stringer, Oxfam Deputy Director speaking in English (2 shots)
DARBY: "Perhaps you could bring us up to date with the arrival of your barge today?"
STRINGER: "This is the third Oxfam tug and barge unit, and it arrived this morning at Phnom Penh two-hundred-and-seven miles (330 KM) up the Mekong and the first vessel in fact from the West to do so since the war in Vietnam ended. It's a great triumph and I think a great compliment to the Vietnamese and Kampuchean authorities that they have allowed us to use this important route."
DARBY: "How much have you had to pay the Vietnamese to ensure its arrival?"
STRINGER: "We paid the standard dues for traversing a hundred-and-sixty miles of extremely difficult river were you have to employ pilots and you cannot sail at night. The charge was nine-thousand U.S. dollars and for a vessel carrying something of the order of two-thousand tons of mixed cargo, I do not regard this against other experience in other ports to be unreasonable."
DARBY: "What other ports are you talking about?"
STRINGER: "Well, we have to clear our vessels from Singapore. We have to pay dues when we take our vessels into Kompong Song. If you fly aeroplanes you pay airport dues. It's a standard practice throughout the world."
DARBY: "Is the arrival of this particular barge going to make things easier for you in the future?"
STRINGER: "It's a most significant development. Basically as far as one can establish, something of the order of 30-thousand tons of cereal has to be landed in Kampuchea over the next few months, every month. My estimate from my visit to Kompong /Song the only sea port, is that will handle about eighteen-thousand tons and so the opening of another artery say ten-thousand will bring us somewhere near what the Kampuchean people require."
REPORTER: JOHN DARBY
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Background: Oxfam, the British based famine relief organisation has succeeded in getting another shipment of supplies into Kampuchea. A barge, loaded the nearly two-thousand tons of food was towed up the Mekong River at the weekend (18 November) and unloaded on the outskirts of Phnom Penh. It was the first Western Relief vessel to make the river journey since the end of the Vietnam War.
SYNOPSIS: Oxfam ha sits headquarters in the England city of Oxford. Founded in 1942 its full title is the Oxford Committee for Famine Relief. Since the situation in Kampuchea became known Oxfam has organised three barge shipments. The Group's Deputy Director, Guy Stringer, described the opening of a relief route along the Mekong as an important development. He's speaking with Visnews reporter John Darby.