Cambodian Premier General Lon Nol called on Monday (June 29) for continued U.S. military support?
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Background: Cambodian Premier General Lon Nol called on Monday (June 29) for continued U.S. military support as American troops completed their withdrawal from Cambodian territory and communist guerrillas threatened to launch a new offensive.
The General told a press conference in Phnom Penh that he hoped the United States would continue to carry out tactical and strategic air strikes against the communists in Cambodia, and that American ground troops would return to the country if the situation deteriorated.
But he gave no indication that he anticipated any new crisis. He thought the threat to the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh from Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces had lessened in the past few weeks.
He estimated there were now only 35,000 guerrillas in the country in contrast with the 50-60,000 reported by some sources.
The General added that Cambodia had 80 battalions of men under arms - about 40,000 men - and 70 more battalions which had been trained but were without weapons. He did not consider any of his battalions well armed.