United States President Jimmy Carter has pledged 70 million dollars in immediate aid for the relief of starvation in Kampuchea.
GV PAN Refugee camp Klong Gai Thuem near Kampuchean border
GV PAN U.S. Senators arrive at camp
SV & CU Senator photo-graphing refugees (2 SHOTS)
SV Free Khmer soldiers at Kok Sung area camp (2 SHOTS)
GV & SV Senators walking through camp (3 SHOTS)
SV Thai soldier in camp
CU & SV Refugees (4 SHOTS)
SV Senators walking through camp
CU Vietnamese Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Nguyen Co Thatch inside Vietnamese Embassy in Thailand ZOOM OUT TO senator seated next to him (2 SHOTS)
CU Senator Sasser reads statement (overlaid with refugees) (8 SHOTS)
SASSER: "The relief needs of the Cambodian people are great and they are urgent. We are convinced that the best and fastest way to satisfy this critical and crucial need is overland by truck into Cambodia. The limited capacity of air and seaports underlines the great importance of opening an overland route, a land-bridge to bring supplies into Cambodia. And I am glad to say that Prime Minister Kriangsak has given his warm support to this possibility."
We came on this humanitarian mission at the direction of the leadership of the Senate and the President. We came to see first-hand the nature of the refugee relief problem, to learn what more should be done and to report our findings to the leadership of the Senate and the American people.
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Background: 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....