Nearly a year after being driven from Phnom Penh into the Kampuchean jungles, ousted Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot has returned briefly to the world stage.
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Background: Nearly a year after being driven from Phnom Penh into the Kampuchean jungles, ousted Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot has returned briefly to the world stage. A Japanese television team has filmed Pol Pot at his jungles headquarters in the west of the war torn country.
SYNOPSIS: Pol Pot members of the crew that he still has fifty thousand loyal troops fighting with him against the Vietnamese. He also said that he would be willing to team up with other former leaders of the country in the fight. These pictures wee taken by the Japanese television network NHK. The Japanese reporters would only say the interview took place somewhere in Western Kampuchea.
Pol Pot says he is in touch with resistance forces in all sections of Kampuchea and he believes the Vietnamese will probably launch a major offensive this month. Pol Pot says he wants to co-operate with everybody who opposes the Vietnamese. The would include the former head of state Prince Norodom Sihanouk and the former U.S.-backed leader Lon No1.
Asked about the reported deaths of millions of people by executions or deprivation during his rule, Pol Pot told the Japanese newsmen that only a few thousand Kampucheans died. This, he said, was due to some mistakes in implementing his policies and because of the distortion of his directives by Vietnamese intelligence agents.