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    The Khmer Republic Prime Minister, Mr. Long Boret told newsmen in Bangkok on Sunday (April?

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    SV Long Boret (dark suit) entering building.)

    SV Newsman.

    CU Long Boret answering questions from reporters.

    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "Sir is there any diplomatic means to solve the....to come up with peace talks to solve the fighting."

    BORET: "That is the only means. There could be no military victory for either side. So I'm convinced the only way to put an end to the suffering of the Khmer people is political....the only way."

    REPORTER: "Is there a possibility of negotiations."

    BORET: "There should be, because we at least would honour them. No military (indistinct) for years. Only now the Communist side, they hope to impose a military solution, but they now know better."

    REPORTER: "But if they refuse to negotiate, what will you do?"

    BORET: "They would be responsible for world opinion because they would be responsible for the sufferings of the Khmer people. We on the other side are making a sacrifice providing that the other people could restore peace and not a continuation. If the other side would not like to sit down and negotiate then they would be responsible for what happens, because the war would go on."

    REPORTER: "Isn't there a change that you could suffer quite soon a military defeat?"

    BORET: "We wouldn't stay, they would never (indistinct) you could be sure. Military speaking why we haven't closed the possibility (indistinct)."

    REPORTER: "But isn't it true that the enemy forces get closer and closer to the capital?"

    BORET: "Since the first of January 1975, you may know that. Not on the now, on the sixth of April."

    REPORTER: "What do you think of the American decision to evacuate its embassy?"

    BORET: "You should ask the American embassy, and then you'll understand. I was away since the first of April."

    REPORTER: "Do you think that the American aid is very vital for the resistance?"

    BORET: "Its up to the American Congress. We wish that the additional aid was not blocked. We could not predict."

    REPORTER: "Do you think it is very important to help your resistance?"

    BORET: "Quite an importance."

    REPORTER: "If you don't get it will you not suffer defeat?"

    BORET: "If we don't get it that will be very unfortunate really for the country."

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    Background: The Khmer Republic Prime Minister, Mr. Long Boret told newsmen in Bangkok on Sunday (April 6) that if American aid was stopped it would be unfortunate for his country. He said that his Government was willing to negotiate with the Khmer Rouge to bring an end to the fighting. He said that a military solution would never be reached. This film is serviced with parts of an interview with Mr. Boret.

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