The United Nations has been debating Kampuchea for the first time since the Khmer Rouge delegation was again confirmed as the country's legal representative.
GV INTERIOR General Assembly at United Nations in New York, delegates seated (2 shots)
SV Vietnam Permanent Representative to UN, Ha Van Lau speaking in French
GV Delegates seated
SV Kampuchea Permanent Representative to UN, Thiounn Prasith speaking in French (2 shots)
SV Thailand's Permanent Representative to UN, Birabhongse Kasemsri speaking in English
KASEMSRI: "The increase in Vietnamese war material, and sophisticated weapons in Kampuchea, is transforming that country into an armed camp. While fighting rages on inside Kampuchea, neighbouring countries have also suffered the impact of its repercussions. Thailand, which is closest to the scene of conflict, has borne the brunt of armed incursions and shellings, as well as hundreds of thousands of refugees and uprooted people seeking safety, food and other essentials."
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Background: The United Nations has been debating Kampuchea for the first time since the Khmer Rouge delegation was again confirmed as the country's legal representative. A resolution calling for total withdrawal of foreign troops was strongly opposed by Vietnam, which helped to overthrow the Pol Pot regime last year.
SYNOPSIS: The Khmer Rouge delegation appointed by Pol Pot has continued to be recognised by the General Assembly, despite his removal. Vietnam's representative. Ha Van Lau, addressed the assembly.
He told delegates there were basic flaws in the resolution proposed by a group of south-east Asian countries. Vietnam objected because it called for the withdrawal of foreign troops without demanding an end to Chinese interference in Kampuchea. The Vietnamese maintain that China is backing Pol Pot's resistance against Heng Samrin's regime, which was installed with Vietnamese support.
Despite the opposition of Vietnam and the Soviet Union, the Khmer Rouge were accepted by the General Assembly -- for the second year running -- by a vote of 74 to 35.
The leader of the Khmer Rouge delegation, Thiounn Prasith, spoke about the possibility of free elections in Kampuchea.
Mr. Prasith stressed that there should be a total withdrawal of Vietnamese troops from the country. Then, he said, there could be elections held under the supervision of the United Nations, to let people decide whether they preferred the Khmer Rouge or the Heng Samrin regime. The Thailand's representative Birabonghse Kasemri, spoke of the effects of the fighting in Kampuchea on his country.