• Short Summary

    THE CAMBODIAN HEAD OF STATE, PRINCE NORODOM SIHANOUK, HAS URGED THE UNITED STATES TO STAY IN ASIA AND PREVENT THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA FROM TAKING OVER CAMBODIA.

  • Description

    THE CAMBODIAN HEAD OF STATE, PRINCE NORODOM SIHANOUK, HAS URGED THE UNITED STATES TO STAY IN ASIA AND PREVENT THE PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC OF CHINA FROM TAKING OVER CAMBODIA. ONE OF PRINCE SIHANOUK'S MOST RECENT PUBLIC APPEARANCES WAS AT THE CELEBRATION OF THE CAMBODIAN WATER FESTIVAL IN PHNOM PENH, THE CAPITAL.

    THE ANNUAL WATER FESTIVAL IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT TRADITIONAL FESTIVAL IN CAMBODIAN. SET BY RITUAL DURING THE FULL MOON OF THE "MONTH OF KATTIK", IT COINCIDES WITH THE REVERSAL OF THE CURRENT OF THE TONLE SAP RIVER, WHICH AT THIS TIME BEGINS ONCE MORE TO FLOW SOUTH TOWARDS ITS JUNCTION WITH THE MEKONG RIVER, AFTER FLOODING AREAS OF THE NORTH.

    THE FLOODING OF THE NORTH DEPOSITS SILT THAT BRINGS RICHNESS TO THE LAND ALONG THE BANKS OF THE RIVER. AS A RESULT, THESE LANDS ARE AMONG THE MOST FERTILE IN CAMBODIA. THE REVERSAL OF THE RIVER HERALDS THE RIPENING OF THE RICE CROPS IN CAMBODIA AFTER THE FLOODS. CANOE RACING IS THE MOST PROMINENT AND POPULAR EVENT OF THE FESTIVAL.

    PRINCE SIHANOUK TOLD AMERICAN JOURNALIST FRANKLY IN BATTAMBANG ON SUNDAY, THE DAY BEFORE HE ATTENDED THE WATER FESTIVAL, THAT "I HOPE YOU WILL GO ON OCCUPYING THAILAND AND THE PHILIPPINES AFTER YOU LEAVE VIETNAM SO I CAN USE YOUR PRESENCE TO MANIPULATE THE SITUATION IN SOUTH EAST ASIA."
    WHILE SAYING THAT CAMBODIA WOULD NEVER ACCEPT AMERICAN TROOPS ON ITS SOIL, HE HOPED TO "USE" THE AMERICAN PRESENCE IN ASIA TO MAINTAIN THE BALANCE "BETWEEN COMMUNISM AND IMPERIALISM" AND SO CONTINUE CAMBODIA'S INDEPENDENCE FROM THE CHINESE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4W7O0K7S49ITK8R1TF8VV8UYG
    Media URN:
    VLVA4W7O0K7S49ITK8R1TF8VV8UYG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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