A United States Congressional delegation arrived in Bangkok on Monday (7 August) from vietnam bringing with them 29 American passport holders who had been stranded since the end of the vietnamese War.
GV Refugees disembark from aircraft at Don Muang international airport, Bangkok
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GV Refugees getting off airport bus
SV American, Mr. Robert Bailey, greeting and hugging Vietnamese wife and their child (3 shots)
SV Small children seated in airport lounge
SV American official speaking
U.S. OFFICIAL: "We're in the process in the next few days of returning to Washington where the mission will be preparing a report for Senator Kennedy and for the Senate and we're in the process of preparing that now. We had extensive travels in the southern part of Vietnam. We had meetings at the highest of levels in Hanoi with Ministries concerned with the full range of humanitarian problems that remain the aftermath of the war. We were also given a very extensive tour of some of the refugee problems on that side of the border from Cambodia, where there are United Nations programmes in place. So we looked at a variety of humanitarian issues."
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Background: A United States Congressional delegation arrived in Bangkok on Monday (7 August) from vietnam bringing with them 29 American passport holders who had been stranded since the end of the vietnamese War. Nineteen of the refugees are children separated from their families at the war's end. While in vietnam the delegation met high level Government officials in Hanoi to discuss humanitarian problems. During the visit vietnamese Premier Pham Van Dong is reported to have told members of the delegation that his country wanted urgently to normalise relations with the United States.
SYNOPSIS: The United States passport holders arrived in Bangkok accompanied by members of the congressional committee. They are all dependants of Americans and have been waiting to leave the country since the fighting ended there three years ago. They're believed to be the last U.S. passport holders who were left in vietnam and after a two-day stay in Bangkok continued their journey to the United States. The refugee problem was the subject of the Congressional delegation's visit. While in Vietnam the Congressmen visited many parts of the country, mainly in the south and also along the Cambodian border. One American father was waiting at the airport for his wife and eight-year old son to arrive. Mr. Robert Bailey left Saigon in November 1974 and has not seen his family since then. A member of the Congressional delegation told newsmen at the airport just what he and his fellow Congressmen had done while on Vietnam.