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    United Nations Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim, says all world nations should join the effort in providing aid for Kampuchea -- formerly Cambodia.

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    CU U.N. Secretary General, Dr Kurt Waldheim speaking at news conference (5 shots)

    SCU Reporter asking question

    CU Executive director of UNICEF, Mr Henry Labouisse speaking in English

    TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 1: WALDHEIM: "The Kampuchean people are suffering misery and deprivation on a massive scale. They face disastrous shortages of food, medical supplies, shelter and transport. There's appalling malnutrition particularly among children of whom up to ninety percent are severely malnourished. It is not my purpose to discuss the background or root causes of this tragedy here today. My purpose, however, is to emphasise the critical need which exists for immediate humanitarian assistance. Up to now, a joint UNICEF-ICRC airlift has delivered several hundred tons of food, medicine, surgical and other supplies. Evidently, this is just the beginning. This figure is increasing rapidly and is being substantially expanded through seaborne transport as well. We hope to be able to provide ten thousand tons by the end of October and twenty thousand tons in November. Now, there were ups and downs in our negotiations -- no doubt about this. But I'm glad to say we have now overcome these difficulties. We have achieved ... we have obtained the necessary co-operation and therefore it is now possible to continue this operation on a larger scale which is absolutely necessary. I said this is only the beginning what we have see in the past. Now we are beginning ... expanding the operation on a large scale."

    REPORTER: "And how are you going to handle the transport problems?"

    SEQ. 3: LABOUISSE: "Well the transport is an extremely difficult problem. We have so far been able to fly in about eight landrovers. We've got trucks on the way. We've flown in a forklift for the airport in Phnom Penh -- there was nothing left there when we went in. We were told in the first instance never to send anything in that weighed more than fifty kilos, because the people were too weak to carry it. And everything had to be hand carried or back carried. So this is a question of building up the process, this is why it takes a long time and as time goes on we will probably want to have more people. The man who went in today was a transport expert."

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    Background: United Nations Secretary General, Kurt Waldheim, says all world nations should join the effort in providing aid for Kampuchea -- formerly Cambodia. Dr Waldheim said the world had witnessed a tragedy in which half a nations' population had been murdered. At a news conference in New York on Friday (19 October), both Dr Waldheim and mr. Henry Labouisse -- executive director of the United Nations Childrens Fund (UNICEF) -- discussed plans for aiding Kampuchea. Dr Waldheim said assistance for the stricken South East Asian country was only just beginning.

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