Three anti-Vietnamese resistance groups from Kampuchea on June 22 signed an agreement setting up a coalition against the government the Vietnamese have installed in their country.
GV Malaysia House in Kuala Lumpur.
SV (L to R) Khmer Rouge leader, Khieu Samphan, Prince Sihanouk and Son Sann with Foreign Minister Tan Sri Ghazali Shafie following. (2 SHOTS)
SV Ghazali Shafie making opening speech.
GV (L to R) Son Sann, Prince Sihanouk, Shafie and Samphan signing agreement. (2 SHOTS)
GV Kampuchean leaders embracing each other.
SV PULL BACK TO Leaders listening to questions from newsmen, Prince Sihanouk answers.
TRANSCRIPT: NEWSMAN: (SEQ 8) "Who will speak on behalf of democratic Kampuchea at the UN?"
SIHANOUK: "According to vice president (INDISTINCT) Khieu Samphan, and premier Son Sann, the delegate is appointed. We have a speaker."
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Background: Three anti-Vietnamese resistance groups from Kampuchea on June 22 signed an agreement setting up a coalition against the government the Vietnamese have installed in their country. Those who signed were: former Kampuchean head of state, Prince Norodom Sihanouk; the leader of the Khmer People's National Liberation Front (KPNLF) and former prime minster, Son Sann; and the leader of the Khmer Rouge, Khieu Samphan. Witnessing the signing in Kuala Lumpur were senior officials of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) -- Thailand, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines. For almost a year, ASEAN leaders have been seeking a coalition effort to force Hanoi to withdraw Vietnamese troops from Kampuchea and settle the four-year conflict there. The three resistance groups control only a tiny fringe of western territory in their country. Political observers say it is impossible to gauge just what control they have on the loyalties of their five million countrymen, who've been ruled since January 1979 by the Hanoi-backed government of President Heng Samrin,