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    Reports from Southeast Asia say that Cambodian troops have launched fierce counter-attacks against invading forces from Vietnam.

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    Reports from Southeast Asia say that Cambodian troops have launched fierce counter-attacks against invading forces from Vietnam. Government officials in Phnom Penh, who on Saturday (31 December) announced the temporary severance of diplomatic relations with Hanoi, have accused the vietnamese of attempting to annexe Cambodia.

    SYNOPSIS: Less than three years after the revolutionary victories in Cambodia and Vietnam the image of a 'Communist' Indo-China has been dealt a??? severe blow by the resurgence of border fighting between the two countries.

    The Eastern provinces of Cambodia which have borne the brunt of many large-scale campaigns in recent years...such as this one early in 1970...are again caught up in the renewed fighting.

    When the Vietnam war spilled into Cambodia the Eastern Provinces became congested with American, South Vietnamese, and Cambodian troops fighting against North Vietnamese and Vietcong forces. Thousands of Vietnamese civilians, chiefly from the South also became casualties as they fled across the border seeking refuge.

    In April 1970 the corpses of several hundred Vietnamese civilians were found floating in Cambodian rivers following reports of local assistance being given to the Vietcong. In the capital, Phnom Penh, demonstrators sacked the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong Embassies before turning their attention to the destruction of shops and business premises run by Vietnamese. Much of the city's trade was at that time controlled by the richer section of the Vietnamese community.

    Fearing the mass persecution of civilian Vietnamese in Cambodia, ???any ex-patriates assembled in refugee camps along the Mekong??? River awaiting vessels which ???ight carry then back to their former homeland. A small ???tilla of South Vietnamese ??? even??? sailed up-river as far as Phnom Penh, and, overflowing with refugees, headed downstream again out of Cambodia. Theirs was a token effort, however, and thousands of refugees were obliged to remain in encampments.

    When United States troops entered Cambodia to help the Cambodian and South Vietnamese forces many Vietcong strongholds were uncovered deep within the country. Today, with Vietnam united as one country and the United States no longer involved in Cambodia, the reports of a Vietnamese 'invasion' into Cambodia...and of subsequent counter-offensives....suggest that more traditional influen??? may be affecting Indo-China once again. The stru??? is also being watched with close attention in both Moscow and Peking.

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