Thailand's new Prime Minister, Prem Tinsulanonda, who has called for an international conference to find a political solution in Kampuchea (Cambodia), has been visiting outposts of the Royal Thai army near Arranyaprathet, on the border between the two countries.
GV Helicopter landing. Thai Prime Minister, General Prem Tinsulanonda and others walk rom helicopter (2 shots)
GV General Prem and officers walking past troops (2 shots)
SV Armoured vehicles along border road
MV General Prem and officers along road
GV Observation point with troops and machine gun
CU General Prem
SV & CU's Troops observing border area (3 shots)
SV General Prem looking from observation post
CU Radio operator and mortar crews observing border (3 shots)
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Background: Thailand's new Prime Minister, Prem Tinsulanonda, who has called for an international conference to find a political solution in Kampuchea (Cambodia), has been visiting outposts of the Royal Thai army near Arranyaprathet, on the border between the two countries.
SYNOPSIS: There was top security as the Prime minister flew in on Saturday (22 March). General Prem told reporters he was confident the Thai army would be able to repel any attacks on the border. The Prime Minister did not make any specific comments, but troops along the Cambodian border have been fully alerted since the Vietnamese intervention last year.
Although there have been constant border patrols the flood of refugees has hardly abated. Relief agencies have estimated there are more than 150,000 Kampucheans in camps inside the country, as well as many more times that number just across the frontier.
The Prime Minister was able to look across that border for himself, from one of the many observation posts that now provide round-the-clock surveillance. The problems between Thailand and Kampuchea (Cambodia) are not merely the influx of refugees. The strong military presence along the border stems from reports that Vietnamese troops are gathered near the border in some strength. Khmer Rouge leaders have predicted the Vietnamese backed forces will launch a major offensive against the Khmer Rouge shortly. That offensive could bring heavy fighting not only to the refugee camps, but to the Thai defence forces as well.