As insurgent pressure mounted on Phnom Penh, President Lon Nol yesterday left the Khmer Republic for what's reported to be a visit to Indonesia and the United States.
SV car arriving through palace gates followed by jeeps
GV Sokhum Khoy in front of Honour guard, salutes, then talks to palace door
GV Khoy shaking hands with government and military officials inside palace garden
GV cutaway crowd watching
MV Lon Nol with wife followed by aids walks out of house and into garden making prayer sign
SV Cutaway crowds watching and crying
GV Lon Nol with wife walking across garden followed by aides
GV cutaway honour guard
GV helicopter taking off
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Background: As insurgent pressure mounted on Phnom Penh, President Lon Nol yesterday left the Khmer Republic for what's reported to be a visit to Indonesia and the United States.
His departure came after a morning of farewells at the Chamcar Mon presidential palace, including an official farewell from the President of the Senate, Lieutenant General ??? Khoy who will be the caretaker president in Lon Nol's absence.
In Phnom Penh, there were widespread rumours that Lon Nol would not return and his departure was seen by political observers as paving the way for a negotiated settlement of the five-year-old war in khmer.
The President and his wife wept uncontrollably as they inspected a guard of honour and took leave of the presidential palace staff.
In a prepared speech, President Lon Nol said he was going to Indonesia for consultations on how to resolve the war and then elsewhere for medical treatment.