Representatives of the old pro-Peking government in Kampuchea (Cambodia) together with China are considering presenting their dispute with Vietnam before the United Nations General Assembly, after the Soviet Union used its veto to block a Security Council resolution.
GV Kampuchea (Cambodian) delegation entering People's Theatre in Hanoi
SV Vietnamese minister addressing delegates and being applauded by officials (4 shots)
SV Secretary General of Kampuchea National Salvation Front, Ros Samy, makes gesture to audience
GV AND SV Samy speaking and audience applauding (seven shots)
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Background: Representatives of the old pro-Peking government in Kampuchea (Cambodia) together with China are considering presenting their dispute with Vietnam before the United Nations General Assembly, after the Soviet Union used its veto to block a Security Council resolution. The Pol Pot government accused Vietnam of invading the country and installing a puppet administration in Phnom Penh. The Pol Pot government is still recognised by the United Nations. In the Security Council 13 of the 15 members had voted in favour of an immediate ceasefire in Kampuchea and a withdrawal of all foreign forces. However, the Soviet Union, which backs Vietnam, used its veto.
SYNOPSIS: Meanwhile, in the Vietnamese capital, Hanoi, representatives of the "Kampuchean National Salvation Front" arrived last week to celebrate the Front's victory and new pro-Vietnamese government headed by Heng Samrin. On Thursday (11 January) the Kampucheans were welcomed at Hanoi's Citizens's Theatre by Vietnamese Ministers and senior officials., The Vietnamese congratulated them on the Front's victory, saying that the "solution of the Vietnam-Kampuchea border problem" would contribute to the peace of South East Asia and the world."
The Vietnamese said the Kampuchea problem must be solved by Kampucheans. The Secretary General of the Kampuchea National Salvation Front, Ros Samy, replied.
Mr. Samy said the Front represented the true revolutionary patriots who had destroyed the Pol Pot regime. He alleged that Kampuchea had been liberated from American imperialism, but the Pol Pot government had been against the revolution and had become an instrument of Chinese expansionism. Mr. Samy said tens of thousands of Chinese advisers had come into the country with many arms with the purpose, he claimed, of killing Kampucheans.
Mr. Samy said since 1975 three-and-a-half million people had been expelled from Phnom Penh and other cities and in the following years three million had died from lack of food. The Front had subsequently retaliated, he added.