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    VARIOUS, KAMPUCHEA

    Vietnam's military presence in Kampuchea was expected to dominate the two-day conference of European community and non-Communist Southeast Asian foreign ministers.

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    BATTAM BANG PROVINCE:
    1. GV Guerrilla patrol crossing field (2 shots) 0.19
    2. GV & CU Damaged Khmer temple, with Buddhistcarved face (2 shots) 0.28
    3. SV Guerrilla troops climbing over temple wreckage (2 shots) 0.42
    NONG CHAN VILLAGE AND DISTRICT:
    4. GV Guerrilla patrol through village 0.51
    5. GV Guerrilla troops running into jungle as gunfire sounds 1.02
    6. GV Open fields on front line 1.11
    7. SV Wounded guerrillas being held along road 1.22
    8. SV Captured Vietnamese soldier, wearing gas mask 1.33
    BATTAM BANG PROVINCE
    9. GV & SVs Captured Vietnamese military equipment on display (4 shots) 1.55
    10. SV Body of dead guerrilla carried from hut and placed on bench (2 shots) 2.04
    11. SVs Wounded being carried on stretchers, injured leg (2 shots) 2.12
    12. GV & CUs Wounded resting on roadside (4 shots) 2.29
    13. CU & SV Dead villager in field 2.34
    NEAR SOC SANN:
    14. GV Woman wounded in landmine explosion, carried on stretcher (2 shots) 2.48
    15. SV Guerrillas looking at landmine on roadway and talking to officer (2 shots) 2.59
    BATTAM BANG PROVINCE:
    16. GVs & CU Guerrilla troops escorting villagers with harvest (3 shots) 3.11
    NONG CHAN:
    17. GV s Burnt-out village huts, smouldering (3 shots) 3.26
    18. SV Bodies of two guerrillas in coffins, draped with flag 3.37
    19. GV Funeral procession, led by guerrilla's carrying wreaths and families (4 shots) 3.56
    20. GV Buddhist monks praying, prior to bodies being cremated 4.03
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    Background: VARIOUS, KAMPUCHEA

    Vietnam's military presence in Kampuchea was expected to dominate the two-day conference of European community and non-Communist Southeast Asian foreign ministers. Although trade is the most important issue between the two groups, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) was seeking political support to counter what it regards as Vietnamese and Soviet ambitions in the region. The conference was due to open on March 24 in Bangkok, with the Asean countries - Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines-meeting for the fourth time with the Europeans, since their regular consultations began in 1978. In Kampuchea, guerrilla forces have come under severe pressure since Vietnamese and government troops commenced an offensive in January. This Khmer People's National Liberation Front (KPNLF) patrol is operational in Battam Bang province. The area bears the scars of recent fighting, and although the village of Nong Chan is friendly, the guerrillas do not have far to go before coming under fire. There have been allegations that Vietnamese forces in Kampuchea have used chemical weapons, despite their ban under the 1972 Geneva Convention. The KPNLF described this man wearing gas mask as "a captured Vietnamese soldier". Recently the guerrillas put on display captured Vietnamese military equipment to show the sort of military technology their troops face in the jungle war. The non-Communist KPNLF, led by former Prime Minister Son Sann, has a strength of 10,000, their allies are the 30,000 Communist Khmer Rouge and the five-thousand volunteers backing former Head of State, Prince Norodom Sihanouk. The three years of fighting in Kampuchea has calined many victims. Among the dead are members of this KPNLF unit and villagers of Battam Bang province. Wounded guerrillas and civilians are taken to aid stations, this woman was seriously injured in a landmine explosion, near Soc Sann. The KPNLF has been encouraging villagers to try to lead a normal life, despite the fighting. The guerrillas provide escorts
    as the harvest is transported and security for the area. They have their losses though. An attack on Nong Chan left many huts destroyed and a number of the KPNLF defenders dead. Military funerals are not an uncommon sight in Kampuchea, and the rising death toll is just one of the reasons the Asean members will be hoping for a peaceful settlement.

    Source: REUTERS KAMPUCHEA

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9VF59J4XSP1UVE1G1IXKVD3X3
    Media URN:
    VLVA9VF59J4XSP1UVE1G1IXKVD3X3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/03/1983
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:04:03:00
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    N/A

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