INTRODUCTION: Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Co Thach has announced plans for talks with other South_East Asian countries in March which could include discussions of the vexed question of Kampuchea.
GV Foreign Minister Nguyen Co Thach and other officials at table.
CU Thach speaking in Vietnamese. GV pressmen taking notes. (2 SHOTS)
GV Thach listening to question ZOOM INTO SCU. SCU pressmen taking notes. (2 SHOTS)
SV Thach answering.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Vietnamese Foreign Minister Nguyen Co Thach has announced plans for talks with other South_East Asian countries in March which could include discussions of the vexed question of Kampuchea. this latest diplomatic move came two days before Chinese premier Zhao Ziyang began talks on the same topic with the government of Thailand, one of the five ASEAN countries with whom Mr. Thach wants to talk. Mr. Thach also announced his readiness immediately to withdraw an unspecified number of the estimated 200,000 Vietnamese troops in Kampuchea if Thailand stopped its alleged aid to the Khmer Rouge. But sources in Thailand, which strenuously denies the Vietnamese allegations, have already expressed doubts that Mr. Thach's proposals would prove acceptable.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Thach told a press conference in Ho Chi Minh City on January 29 after talks with the Foreign Ministers of Laos and Kampuchea, that Vietnam rejected ASEAN's proposals for an international UN-backed conference on Kampuchea. He said that problems concerning South East Asia were a matter for South East Asian governments alone.
This ruled out Chinese participation, Mr. Thach said. Asked if recognition problems would be an obstacle, he replied that ASEAN must find a way of talking to the people who actually run Kampuchea if its desires for a solution was sincere. ASEAN groups Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Like China, they recognise the Khmer Rouge as the government of Kampuchea. But Vietnam and Laos recognise the regime of Heng Samrin. Mr. Thach said ASEAN refusal to back his plan would not diminish what he called Vietnam's world-famous patience.