Twelve congressmen from the House of Representatives left the United States on Saturday (20 June) at the start of a fact-fining tour of Indo-China.
SV Delegates walk towards aircraft (2 shots) (SILENT)
SV Two delegates at microphone (USE SILENT)
CU Ross E. Adair speaks
CU G.V. Montgomery speaks
SV (USE SILENT) Representatives enter aircraft, aircraft taxies away (4 shots)
QUESTION: "On the matter of pulling the troops out of Cambodia, sirs, what more can you do but just take the word of the Generals that this has been accomplished?"
SEQ. 3: ADAIR: "We expect to be there and to ourselves look and see. I think it will be more than just taking the word of the Generals.
QUESTION: "You will be going into Cambodia after the troops have pulled out to make sure they're not there anymore?"
ADAIR: "We will be there as they are pulled out".
SEQ. 4: MONTGOMERY: "We will have four teams. Three members each that will be covering, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and even Thailand. We possibly could send a team into Cambodia on June the 30th if the security is good and we could visit some of the Vietnamese units that will still be in Cambodia and we will see if the Americans are there or not. I think we generally agree that on our briefings we were told definitely that the Americans would be out. We will take a look and see if there are some American advisors there with the Vietnamese troops (indistinct).....Americans will be out of there on June the 30th.
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Background: Twelve congressmen from the House of Representatives left the United States on Saturday (20 June) at the start of a fact-fining tour of Indo-China.
Members of the delegation will be observing the withdrawal of United States troops from Cambodia before the deadline on June 30th set by President Nixon. The party will divide into groups of three congressmen who will visit Laos, Cambodia, South Vietnam and Thailand before returning to the United States to report to Congress in about two weeks. Two of the Congressmen, Mr. Ross E. Adair (Republican, Pennsylvania) and Mr. G.V. Montgomery (Democrat, Mississippi) answered reporters questions at the airport: