The Vietnamese Ambassador to France, Vo Van Sung, has said (7 January) that his country's troops in no way encroached on Kampuchean (Cambodian) territory in support of rebels battling to take the capital of Phnom Penh.
GV EXTERIOR OF Vietnamese Embassy in Paris
GV Vietnamese insignia above Embassy entrance
SCU sign of Vietnamese Embassy
SCU INTERIOR First Secretary of Vietnamese Embassy, Tran Tien Can makes statement in French
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Background: The Vietnamese Ambassador to France, Vo Van Sung, has said (7 January) that his country's troops in no way encroached on Kampuchean (Cambodian) territory in support of rebels battling to take the capital of Phnom Penh. A day later (8 January) the embassy's First Secretary, Tran Tien Can, reinforced these comments at a news conference. He said his Government supported the rebels and accused the Government of Kampuchean Prime Minister, Pol Pot, of having made war on Vietnam.
SYNOPSIS: The news conference was held at the Vietnamese Embassy in Paris. Tran Tien Can said the rebels, the National Front for the Salvation of Kampuchean (FUSNK) wanted an end to the war which he said had been launched against Vietnam by the Pol Pot regime. The Front's aim now, he said, was to open negotiations with Vietnam to solve the problems of relations between the two countries.
Tran Tien Can said Vietnam recognised the cause of the Front as being a just one, and offered its wholehearted support for its policies. Vietnam regarded the FUSNK as being the true representative of the Kampuchean people. The National Front for the Salvation of Kampuchean is, he says, competent to discuss and settle the conflict between Vietnam and Kampuchean.
He said this would help restore the long-standing friendship between the two peoples.
Tran Tien Can's statement coincided with radio broadcasts from Cambodia announcing that Vietnam - backed rebels had taken over Kampuchea in a 13-day offensive.