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    MAJOR GENERAL YOSE DEVAHASDIN OF THAILAND ARRIVED IN SAIGON ON FRIDAY TO ASSUME DUTIES AS COMMANDER OF THE THAI FORCES IN SOUTH VIETNAM.

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    MAJOR GENERAL YOSE DEVAHASDIN OF THAILAND ARRIVED IN SAIGON ON FRIDAY TO ASSUME DUTIES AS COMMANDER OF THE THAI FORCES IN SOUTH VIETNAM. THE FOLLOWING DAY, IN BANGKOK, THE THAI PRIME MINISTER, FIELD MARSHAL THANOM KITTIKACHORN, TOOK THE SALUTE AT A FAREWELL PARADE BY TROOPS OF THE QUEEN'S COBRA REGIMENT, WHICH IS DUE TO ARRIVE IN SOUTH VIETNAM THIS MONTH.

    GENERAL DEVAHASDIN WAS MET AT SAIGON AIRPORT BY LIEUTENANT-GENERAL TRAN NGOC TAM OF SOUTH VIETNAM AND OTHER HIGH-RANKING OFFICERS. THERE ARE ALREADY SMALL UNITS OF THAI FORCES IN SOUTH VIETNAM. THE QUEEN'S COBRA VOLUNTEERS, A REGIMENT ABOUT 2,400 STRONG, ARE TOUGH TROOPS ESPECIALLY TRAINED IN JUNGLE WARFARE.

    IN HIS SPEECH TO THE TROOPS IN BANGKOK, THE THAI PRIME MINISTER SAID THAT THAILAND IS CONSIDERED BY THE COMMUNISTS AS AN IMPORTANT TARGET, AS "POSSESSION OF THAILAND WOULD MEAN DOMINATION OF SOUTH EAST ASIA." HOWEVER, THAILAND'S ALLIES IN THE SOUTH EAST ASIA TREATY ORGANISATION (SEATO) WERE ALWAYS READY TO COME TO THE AID OF THAILAND, HE SAID.

    MARSHAL KITTIKACHORN GARLANDED THE SOLDIERS AND PRESENTED THEM WITH PIECES OF HOLY CLOTH TO PROTECT THEM, AND LATER TOOK THE SALUTE AS THEY MARCHED PAST. A BUDDHIST MONK SPRINKLED THE TROOPS WITH LUSTRAL WATER. THE PRECISE DATE OF THE DEPARTURE OF THE TROOPS HAS NOT BEEN ANNOUNCED. THEY ARE NOW ON LEAVE TO SAY FAREWELL TO THEIR FAMILIES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3ZCDVSLDK05VQTEBBFIP8BT7I
    Media URN:
    VLVA3ZCDVSLDK05VQTEBBFIP8BT7I
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/09/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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