Vietnamese Secretary of State, Nguyen Co thach, assured the Thai government on Saturday (20 October) that Vietnamese troops operating in Kampuchea (Cambodia) would not enter Thailand in pursuit of guerrillas loyal to ousted Premier Pol Pot.
Vietnamese Secretary of State, Nguyen Co thach, assured the Thai government on Saturday (20 October) that Vietnamese troops operating in Kampuchea (Cambodia) would not enter Thailand in pursuit of guerrillas loyal to ousted Premier Pol Pot. Mr. That arrived in Bangkok on Saturday for meetings with Prime Minister Kriangsak Chomanan. Reports from the Thai-Kampuchean border continue to bring to light the dire situation of refugees who have fled the famine and fighting in Kampuchea. According to a British doctor up to twenty Kampuchean refugees are dying from disease in areas along the Thai border every day.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Thach arrive in Bangkok saying that the Thai and Vietnamese government had to agree on one thing -- that there were disputes between them that had to be worked out. General Kriangsak said the two delegations agreed during the ninety minute talks to try and settle differences on a government-to-government basis and stop attacking each other through their respective presses.
Senior Thai officials and military officers have recently expressed fears that the Vietnamese-led forces fighting in Kampuchea might stage quick raids across Thailand's eastern border in pursuit of fleeing guerrillas. But Mr. Thach assured General Kriangsak his troops would not cross border.
The Thai government has given assurances to refugees like these -- newly arrived from Kampuchea -- that Thailand will accept all refugees. General Kriangsak said they would be accepted on a temporary basis until the situation in their homeland is calm enough for them to return.
But pledges for temporary refuge do not guarantee adequate facilities in the camps. According to doctors the Kampuchean refugees have been weakened by prolonged under-nourishment and are suffering from malaria and other diseases. Refugees are currently provided with daily rice rations though they don't meet with the minimum WHO (World Health Organisation) requirement. But after worldwide publicity the relief operation is being stepped up, with the full backing of the Thai government.