As part of the fifth anniversary celebrations to mark the establishment of Kampuchea's Vietnamese-installed government, units of the armed forces took part in a parade in Phnom Penh on January 11.
GV Soldiers salute in march-past
GV Navy march-past (2 shots)
GV Female military unit marches
SV PULL BACK TO GV Officials watch as armoured vehicles and trucks with troops drive past (2 shots)
SVs Tanks drive past (2 shots)
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Background: As part of the fifth anniversary celebrations to mark the establishment of Kampuchea's Vietnamese-installed government, units of the armed forces took part in a parade in Phnom Penh on January 11. Female units, as well as convoys of tanks and troops in trucks were seen by the crowd and officials. The government of Heng Samrin announced recently that its army had successfully secured the country against the resistance coalition, led by Prince Norodom Sihanouk, and comprising the KPNLF, (Kampuchea People National Liberation Front), and the ousted Khmer Rouge. Estimates of strength of the government forces range from between 20 and 30 thousand. They are augmented by conscription and recent voluntary recruits, attracted by large food rations and relatively good pay. In addition to this, Western analysts estimate there are up to about 150,000 Vietnamese troops in Kampuchea. Speaking at a rally on January 8, attended by Vietnamese and Soviet officials, President Samrin said close ties between his country an Vietnam were irreversible. Monuments to symbolise those links were erected recently.