• Short Summary

    President Heng Samrin of Kampuchea dedicated a new monument to the people of neighbouring Vietnam at a ceremony in Phnom Penh on January 4.The monument commemorates the Vietnamese soldiers who helped Kampuchea in the campaign against the Pol Pot regime five years ago.The ceremony, attended by civilian and military officials from Kampuchea, Vietnam and several other pro-Soviet countries, was part of the government's fifth anniversary celebrations.On the same day, the President also attended the reopening of the capital's Central Market.The market had been closed since Pol Pot ordered the civilian evacuation of Phnom Penh in mid-1975.Mr.Heng Samrin, members of the government and foreign officials toured the market, stopping at stalls stacked with fresh fruit and vegetables which are produced by state-backed enterprises.The Republic of Kampuchea, backed by Vietnam, is still isolated internationally.The 30 nations and organisations which recognise the Heng Samrin government are virtually all from the Soviet bloc, with the notable exception of India.International aid which in 1979 helped save the country, decimated by four years of Khmer Rouge atrocities under Pol Pot, has now dwindled.Current aid stands at less than ten million U.S.dollars, and comes from Sweden, Japan, Australia and the Netherlands.A recent report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says this is far too little to meet the needs of Kampuchea, which has suffered from severe flooding and drought in recent years.The Vietnamese presence in Kampuchea has also helped kindle political opposition to Heng Samrin at home and from across the border with Thailand.A three-party coalition, which includes the Khmer Rouge, and is headed by former leader Prince Norodom Sihanouk, has vowed to topple the Heng Samrin government.The Chinese-backed coalition claims to have at its disposal an army of more than 47,000 men operating from bases in Thailand.

  • Description

    1.
    SV Flags of Kampuchea and Vietnam
    0.03

    2.
    Military officials awaiting President Heng Samrin's arrival (2 shots)
    0.18

    3.
    President Heng Samrin, accompanied by Vietnamese, Kampuchean officials and Soviet bloc military advisers and diplomats unveiling monument (3 shots)
    0.53

    4.
    SVs AND GV Opening ceremony (2 shots)
    1.04

    5.
    GV EXTERIOR Market
    1.09

    6.
    SV President and other officials arriving for opening ceremony of Central Market
    1.20

    7.
    GV Tilt down INTERIOR Of Central Market
    1.28

    8.
    SVs President and officials touring market (2 shots)
    1.49

    9.
    SV PAN Military personnel touring market
    2.01




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    Background: President Heng Samrin of Kampuchea dedicated a new monument to the people of neighbouring Vietnam at a ceremony in Phnom Penh on January 4.The monument commemorates the Vietnamese soldiers who helped Kampuchea in the campaign against the Pol Pot regime five years ago.The ceremony, attended by civilian and military officials from Kampuchea, Vietnam and several other pro-Soviet countries, was part of the government's fifth anniversary celebrations.On the same day, the President also attended the reopening of the capital's Central Market.The market had been closed since Pol Pot ordered the civilian evacuation of Phnom Penh in mid-1975.Mr.Heng Samrin, members of the government and foreign officials toured the market, stopping at stalls stacked with fresh fruit and vegetables which are produced by state-backed enterprises.The Republic of Kampuchea, backed by Vietnam, is still isolated internationally.The 30 nations and organisations which recognise the Heng Samrin government are virtually all from the Soviet bloc, with the notable exception of India.International aid which in 1979 helped save the country, decimated by four years of Khmer Rouge atrocities under Pol Pot, has now dwindled.Current aid stands at less than ten million U.S.dollars, and comes from Sweden, Japan, Australia and the Netherlands.A recent report from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says this is far too little to meet the needs of Kampuchea, which has suffered from severe flooding and drought in recent years.The Vietnamese presence in Kampuchea has also helped kindle political opposition to Heng Samrin at home and from across the border with Thailand.A three-party coalition, which includes the Khmer Rouge, and is headed by former leader Prince Norodom Sihanouk, has vowed to topple the Heng Samrin government.The Chinese-backed coalition claims to have at its disposal an army of more than 47,000 men operating from bases in Thailand.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3NSEER0NPXTA82OALFJW5E2DX
    Media URN:
    VLVA3NSEER0NPXTA82OALFJW5E2DX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/01/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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