• Short Summary

    The South Vietnamese Prime Minister, Mr Tran Thien Khiem, arrived in Phnom Penh on Tuesday (25 may) for talks with leaders of the Khmer Republic -- formerly known as Cambodia.

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    The South Vietnamese Prime Minister, Mr Tran Thien Khiem, arrived in Phnom Penh on Tuesday (25 may) for talks with leaders of the Khmer Republic -- formerly known as Cambodia.

    Mr Khiem was expected to familiarise himself with the new Khmer cabinet and to discuss economic and security problems of the country.

    Meanwhile, the drive by Khmer forces to reopen Highway Three from Phnom Penh to the coastal town of Kompot is continuing. Communist forces recently sabotaged the road about 40 miles (63 Kilometres) south of the capital with a series of slit trenches, and the Khmer forces have enlisted the aid of children to fill in the trenches. Lieutenant-Colonel Lon Non, brother of the Prime Minister Marshal Lon Nol commanding the operation which aims at punching through an area that has long been a Communist stronghold.

    SYNOPSIS: Phnom Penh airport......... where South Vietnamese Prime Minister Mr Tran Thien Khiem arrived on Tuesday for talks with the leaders of the Khmer Republic formerly known as Cambodia.

    Mr Khiem was welcomed by the Khiem Republic Prime Minister delegate, Lieutenant-General Prince Sirik Matak, and various officials representing the South Vietnamese in the Khmer Republic. The South Vietnamese Prime Minister was expected to familiarise himself with the new members of the recently reshuffled cabinet.

    Meanwhile, the drive by Khmer forces to reopen Highway Three from Phnom Penh to the coastal town of Kampot is continuing. Troop transporters now have to use a temporary track....the main highway was recently sabotaged here by Communist forces digging craters and slit trenches to impede traffic movement The soldiers have enlisted the aid of local children to help fill in the road.

    Lieutenant-Colonel Lon Non, broth of the Khmer Prime Minister Marsh Lon Nol, is commanding the forces in the operation which aims at punching through an area that has long been a Communist stronghold. Although very little resistance have been encountered so far, on Monday the Viet Cong beat back an attempt by the Khmer forces to dislodge them form a hilltop just off the road.

    Troops have reported that these rice fields were left unattended until the villages were liberated from the Communist.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA16F9F7SOLKKP0HZS6YGIDE5KH
    Media URN:
    VLVA16F9F7SOLKKP0HZS6YGIDE5KH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/05/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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