The prime minister of the Coalition Government of Democratic Kampuchea, (CGDK) Son Sann, arrived in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on April 1 for talks on the coalition's struggle against Vietnamese forces in his country.
KUALA LUMPUR (APRIL 1) (YOONG PIM LAM)
GV EXTERIOR Parliament House
SV Son Sann, Prime Minister of Coalition government of Democratic Kampuchea, being greeted by Dr Mahathir
CU Dr Mahathir seated
SV Two leaders seated ZOOM INTO CU Son Sann
SV Dr Mahathir seated
SINGAPORE (APRIL 2) (JAMES LEE)
GV Son Sann arriving in lounge of International Airport and taking seat to give news conference (2 shots)
SV Reporters taking notes
SV Son Sann speaking (SOT)
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE EIGHT):
SON SANN: "If the enemy cannot destroy us, this dry season, I hope they will not be able to destroy us I hope they will understand that for their interest, for the interest of Kampuchea, Cambodia, and the interest of the stability and peace in the South East Asia, help to solve the Cambodian problem. They cannot solve the Cambodian problem if they want to solve that in order (indistinct) the United Nations resolution, and the (indistinct) International Conference of Kampuchea."
QUESTION: "But does your movement, and does the coalition as a whole still need more weapons?"
SON SANN: "Yes, I have been myself in China, I can tell you, we will receive something from China very soon."
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Background: The prime minister of the Coalition Government of Democratic Kampuchea, (CGDK) Son Sann, arrived in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on April 1 for talks on the coalition's struggle against Vietnamese forces in his country. After meeting his Malaysian counterpart Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad at Parliament House, the Kampuchean resistance leader told a news conference he was pleased to be back in the city where the creation of the CGDK had been formally sealed in June 1882. Retracing the coalition's short history, Mr Son Sann said his government, recognised by the United Nations in October 1982, was more determined than ever to rid Kampuchea of Vietnamese presence. He claimed that Vietnamese military superiority would prove ineffective against guerrilla tactics of the Khmer People's National Liberation Front (KPNLF) in the forthcoming rainy season. He then warned of impending Vietnamese offensives against major civilian settlements near the Thai border. Mr Son Sann, who also heads the KPNLF forces, repeated his warning in Singapore the following day. Vietnamese troops have launched new drive against KPNLF guerrillas trying to overthrow the Heng Samrin government installed by Hanoi in Phnom Penh in 1979. Reasserting his belief that the Vietnamese would lose ground during the rainy season, the Kampuchean resistance leader appealed for greater support and confirmed reports that China had pledged military aid to the coalition. On the same day, five non-communist states in Southeast Asia called on Vietnam to halt what they described as indiscriminate attacks against Kampuchean civilians on the Thai border. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) which groups Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand, appealed to the international community to condemn the attacks, and said they fully backed Thailand's right to self-defence, by whatever means, to safeguard its sovereignty and integrity.