United States President Jimmy Carter has pledged 70 million dollars in immediate aid for the relief of starvation in Kampuchea.
United States President Jimmy Carter has pledged 70 million dollars in immediate aid for the relief of starvation in Kampuchea. Calling on all Americans to join a humanitarian campaign, Mr. Carter said a holocaust of genocidal proportions was in the making in the southeast Asian country. in the meantime three United States senators have met with Vietnamese Foreign Secretary Nguyen Co Thatch in Bangkok to press for the opening of an overland international aid supply route to the Kampuchean capital Phnom Penh.
SYNOPSIS: The senators arrived in Thailand last Sunday (23 October) to promote their aid plan and tour refugee camps along the Thai border.
The State Department in Washington said the Senators Sasser, Baucus and Danforth's (Democrats John Sasser of Tennessee, and Max Baucus of Montana and Republican John Danforth of Missouri) visit should not be taken as indicating any move by the Carter administration towards recognition of the Vietnamese-backed Heng Sarin Government in Kampuchea.
The senators said they want to study conditions of the thousands of refugees who have crossed the border. They hold a news conference in Bangkok last Monday their proposal for relief trucks to be driven from Thailand into war-ravaged Kampuchea had the support of Thai Prime Minister Kriangsak Chomanan and that Vietnam's Foreign Secretary Nguyen Co Thatch had given them assurances of security for the convoys, if the plan was approved.
Senator Danforth said Secretary Thatch had acknowledged the humanitarian nature of their mission and told them Phnom Penh would have to decide on letting in relief supplies by road. The senators left for Phnom Penh on Wednesday (24 October) to press their plans there.
At the Vietnamese embassy in Bangkok, Secretary thatch assured the senators the Kampuchean authorities had all the means to guarantee the security of the trucks convoys. Then Senator Sasser explained the plans....