Thailand's Prime Minister, General Kriangsak Chomanan, has been in Britain for a two day visit.?
SV EXTERIOR: Buddhist monks seated.
SCU: Thai Prime Minister General Kriangsak Chomanan
SV AND SCU: Model of Temple (2 shots)
SCU: General Kriangsak laying silver and gold bricks inside foundation stone as monks look on. (4 shots)
SVs: Monks performing rituals. (2 shots)
SVs INTERIOR: Kriangsak speaking in English (4 shots)
KRAINGSAK: "The refugee problems we have, right now we have right after the Vietnam war we have over 150,000 altogether -- not including the numbers of refugees which come before, which is about 60,000 refugees. 60,000 people and the influx at this fighting there will be some more. It is a great burden for Thailand to take care of these refugee."
REPORTER: "Are you confident about the future of south-east Asia in general and Thailand specifically?"
KRAINGSAK: "We are very confident and beyond that we think we have good support from ASEAN countries and other friends in the world. I think we feel very confident that we will be in a good position to fight enemy. Certain forces come close to Thailand.
REPORTER: "Do you see that as a imminent possibility?"
KRIANGSAK: "I don't think so. I cannot say that it cannot be split into Thailand -- there might be this (indistinct) but we are ready, for we are ready to fight any (indistinct).
REPORTER: JOHN DARBY
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Background: Thailand's Prime Minister, General Kriangsak Chomanan, has been in Britain for a two day visit. He had talks with Britain's Prime Minister, Mr James Callaghan, before leaving on Sunday (February 4) for a 13-day visit to the United States.
SYNOPSIS: During his visit General Kriangsak went to see a Thai buddhist temple in London. The two days of talks with Prime Minister Callaghan included discussion on recent fighting in Kampuchea (Cambodia) and on the region's refugee problem. Thai officials said he was expected to explain his country's neutrality in the conflict that is affecting neighbouring Kampuchea. According to the British newspaper, the Daily Telegraph, General Kriangsak expressed interest in buying more British built armoured cars and light tanks. He is also expected to discuss arms supplies with American officials. Seven cabinet ministers are accompanying the General. During the American visit he is to meet the United Nations Secretary General Kurt Waldheim and the President of the World Bank, Robert McNamara. While in London General Kriangsak talked to Visnews reporter John Darby about the refugee problem that is affecting Thailand as well as other south-east Asian countries.