The former ruler of Cambodia, Prince Norodom Sihanouk, who is living in exile in Peking, has predicted a Communist government for Cambodia within the next two years.
GV EXT Sihanouk's present residence.
LV Sihanouk walking
GV Gardens (2 shots)
TRANSCRIPT SEQ 4: INTERVIEWER: "How do you foresee the course of the war from now on? How do you see your forces liberating the cities, for instance?"
SIHANOUK: "We have to compass that.....we have much difficulty to liberate towns because, I repeat, of the intervention of the U.S. B52's, Cobra helicopter gunships, Phantoms, jet fighters and bombers. And finally the towns, Phnom Penh mainly, only within.......after a few years of war. We have to continue the war till, I think, 1972-1973. We face.......we have to fight against a very powerful enemy, and very rich also.....the U.S.A......and we cannot wipe out the U.S.A. out of Indo-China like the French. The French were.......the French colonialists were much weaker, and we have to confess that we depend on the goodwill of President Nixon. President Nixon cannot win the war, cannot defeat us. But we, we cannot defeat them, so we may have a very long while, but if Nixon under the pressure of his people could shorten the war it would be nice and we........so we should be able to get back our national independence. It is the only aim of our struggle, to get back our independence -- our national independence."
INTERVIEWER: "When you say that you seek Phnom Penh re-taken in 1972 or 1973, are you talking about a general end to the Indo-China war, or can you see a separate settlement of the Cambodian question?"
SIHANOUK: "There will not be any separate solution to the Indo-Chinese problem. We now are in a united front of the Indo-Chinese people."
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Background: The former ruler of Cambodia, Prince Norodom Sihanouk, who is living in exile in Peking, has predicted a Communist government for Cambodia within the next two years. In a television interview in Peking, he said neither the United States nor the Communists in Indo-China would win the war -- but the United States would have to withdraw and then a Communist government would come into power in Cambodia.
Prince Sihanouk, who was deposed by the right-wing Government of General Lon Non last year, granted this interview to a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reporters.