The Kampuchean Ambassador to the United Nations has described the present conflict with Vietnam as a war for the survival of a nation and its people.
SCU: Kampuchean Ambassador to United Nations Thiounn Prasith.
PRASITH: "We already, the government, already asked for the sending of the U.N. forces to Kampuchea to distribute, to despatch directly the food relief to the people. We welcome all food relief, but we call upon all friendly countries and the U.N. to be very cautious and to make sue the food relief can reach directly the people of Kampuchea, and we believe that the sending U.N. forces only can be (indistinct). We ask also of the President (indistinct) send a letter to the Secretary General some two weeks ago, asking him to send observers to Kampuchea in order to prevent the Vietnamese to exterminate our people. So that is the step that we have taken before the vote of your General Assembly yesterday. So, not only we do not prevent the action of the U.N., but we welcome the action of the U.N., any action. I have opportunity to tell you the present war for the survival of a nation and people."
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Background: The Kampuchean Ambassador to the United Nations has described the present conflict with Vietnam as a war for the survival of a nation and its people. Ambassador Thiounn Prasith was speaking after the U.N. General Assembly passed a resolution calling for the immediate withdrawal of all foreign troops from Kampuchea. The resolution, which observers said contained implied criticism of Vietnam, also called for an immediate halt to the fighting. Mr. Prasith says Kampuchea now wants U.N. forces sent it.