Khmer Republic leader Marshal Lon Nol, who took over as head of state on Friday (March 10), gave an exclusive interview to Visnews South Ea Asia reporter Neil Davis earlier in the week.
SV Village children PAN ACROSS village
SV Lon Nol and army officers walking through village
SV PAN FROM villagers to Lon Nol
SV Lon Nol talking with villagers
CU New building plans for village PAN UP TO Lon Nol
SCU Villagers look on
CU Interviewer Neil Davis - interview begins: "Marshal, what... Interview conducted through interpreter. Ends: "..go along together."
SV Bulldozer clearing land for new buildings
CU Surveyor working with theodolite
LV Bulldozer clearing site
Davis in: "Marshal."
Davis out:...this moment
Lon Nol in: (Cambodian speech)
Lon Nol out: ditto
Interpreter in: "The most....
Interpreter out: "..government."
Davis in: (off camera) "So its...
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT VILLAGE UNDER CONSTRUCTION: LON NOL AND ARMY OFFICERS INSPECTING WORK AND TALKING TO VILLAGER: LON NOL COMMENTS IN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: CONSTRUCTION WORK CONTINUES.
SOUND ON FILM. (TRANSCRIPTION OF ENGLISH ONLY
DAVIS: "Marshal, what do you feel is the major problem facing your country at this moment?
LON NOL, THROUGH INTERPRETER: "The most important one....inaudible..... this is to solve the economic problem that face my country and government."
DAVIS: "So it is to solve the economic question that is the major problem?"
INTERPRETER: "It's not the ideal economy....the main problem is to join together....because social and economic must go along together."
The community development project -- shown in this film -- is an example of this. For the villagers, in addition to being given a model centre, are also being granted land titles -- the first they've ever had.
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Background: Khmer Republic leader Marshal Lon Nol, who took over as head of state on Friday (March 10), gave an exclusive interview to Visnews South Ea Asia reporter Neil Davis earlier in the week. The 58-year-old leader, still recovering form the effects of a crippling stroke over a year ago, also allowed Visnews to film him on an inspection of a community development project -- only the third time he has been filmed at all since his paralysing stroke.
The interview, in which Marshal Lon Nol spoke to Davis through an interpreter, was filmed at his villa in Kompong Som, a port town south west of Phnom Penh, the capital. During his inspection of the important community development project nearby, where a model village is being built for the first time, the Marshal walked unaided -- a substantial improvement in his condition. Davis reported that his health now seems relatively good, and that he was in excellent spirits when touring the development -- one of his favourite projects.
During the interview the Marshal -- now undisputed head of state since Friday's resignation from the post of Cheng Heng -- said the major problem facing the Khmer Republic was the socio-economic situation. He was trying to draw the two together, he said.
Marshal Lon Nol, who is expected to remain as head of the country's armed forces. surprised Khmer politicians on Friday when the annulled the nearly-completed new constitution. He has governed the country as Prime Minister since the overthrow of Prince Norodom Sihanouk nearly two years ago.
SYNOPSIS: After touring the new village, Marshal Lon Nol spoke to Visnews reporter Neil Davis in this exclusive interview