Nong Samet, a refugee settlement between Kampuchea and Thailand, is regarded by Thai officials as a likely target for attack by Vietnamese troops.
GV Makeshift tents in Nong Samet camp on Thai/Kampuchean border; washing and refugees. (8 SHOTS)
GV Trench dug around camp in case of attack.
GV PAN Refugees carrying water.
CU Flags PULL BACK TO GVs KPNLF leader Son Sann addressing troops. (8 SHOTS)
SVs Refugees collecting relief supplies from UN workers. (6 SHOTS)
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Background: Nong Samet, a refugee settlement between Kampuchea and Thailand, is regarded by Thai officials as a likely target for attack by Vietnamese troops. The village, which is struggling to survive under the influx of a refugee population of over 75,000, is close to a Khmer People's National Liberation Force (KPNLF) camp. Many of the refugees in Nong Samet come from Nong Chan and most of them were women and children. Nong Chan, eight kilometres (five miles) away was destroyed by the Vietnamese in February this year, apparently in retaliation for attacks launched by KPNLF. The KPNLF are one of three factions in the anti-Vietnamese coalition government of Democratic Kampuchea. The Prime Minister of the coalition government, Son Sann, visited Nong Samet on March 14 to address his troops and to reassure the refugees. Although five relief organisations were working in Nong Samet, conditions were extremely poor. Most refugees were housed in temporary tents and had little water. The United Nations Border Relief Operations and the other agencies ensured that rice was distributed daily but there as little security for refugees. The Foreign Minister of the Phnom Penh government backed by the Vietnamese, Hun Sen, declare that if his troops or Vietnamese troop attacked border villages, they would consider their actions as the elimination of "reactionary bases". Vietnam and the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) have agreed to hold talks on Kampuchea, in Bangkok on March 23 but the Kampucheans will not be represented.