Marshal Lon Nol, President of the Khmer Republic, said on Wednesday (August 29) that his Government had decided to rely on a military victory to end the Cambodian war.
LV Marshal Lon Nol with walking stick arrives for press conference followed by other officials (3 shots)
SV In Tam seated
SCU Lon Nol seated
SV Newsmen and Cameramen
SV and CU Lon Nol speaking
CU In Tam listening.
SV Pan Overo officers during Lon Nol speaking
English SOF Starts: "Deposed by the people... SOF Ends: he has surely lost."
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Background: Marshal Lon Nol, President of the Khmer Republic, said on Wednesday (August 29) that his Government had decided to rely on a military victory to end the Cambodian war.
The President gave the press conference, his first since January, in Chamcar Mon's Palace, Phnom Penh. Insurgent forces led by the deposed Prince Sihanouk still surround Phnom Penh.
Marshal Lon Nol went on to say through a translator "For a long period of time now we have always known that Prince Sihanouk's activities have been always motivated by his strictly personal interests. Sihanouk would accept to sacrifice the very life and liberty of a people if he is persuaded that such a crime can help satisfy his personal ambitions.
"Deposed by the people and deprived of all real forces in the country he finally made the tragic decision to actively collaborate with foreigners that he had previously only helped more or less passively. No longer enjoying the confidence of the people he lives under the illusions that only these foreign aggressors by the use of force will be able to put him back in power he has surely lost."
SYNOPSIS: Marshal Lon Nol, President of the Khmer Republic, gave a press conference on Wednesday at Chamcar Mon's Palace, Phnom Penh. He used a walking stick but said his health was improving and he would stay in the city which is surrounded by deposed Prince Sihanouk's forces. Prime Minister In Tam also attended.
Marshal Lon Nol said his Government had decided to rely on a military victory to end the war and he was sharply critical of Prince Sihanouk.
He called Prince Sihanouk a docile screen for the Communists and continued...