Fighting continues among Kampuchean (Cambodian) rivals for power in the wake of the Vietnamese backed revolution which led to the deposing of the Chinese backed Pol Pot regime.
Fighting continues among Kampuchean (Cambodian) rivals for power in the wake of the Vietnamese backed revolution which led to the deposing of the Chinese backed Pol Pot regime. Meanwhile border security on the Thai-Kampuchean border is being increased.
SYNOPSIS: At Arranyaprathet in Thailand the road which leads to the border with Kampuchea is normally busy with civilian traffic. Now it is military vehicles that dominate the highway.
Thousands of Kampuchean have fled across the border to escape the fighting and retribution from both sides in the internecine struggle. Among the refugees are many soldiers loyal to the deposed Pol Pot regime. Refugees crossing the border from Kampuchea into Thailand are carefully screened. Thailand fears that Vietnamese troops which support the new Heng Samrin Government in Kampuchea might use the excuse of 'hot pursuit' to chase dissident forces into Thai territory.
Some farmers still remain in the area around Arranyaprathet despite the threat of military activity, and there is still food to be bought in the town's markets. However, the richer of the town's inhabitants have left and more leave every day. Thailand is suffering from the influx of refugees. It is already paying host to thousands from Vietnam and Laos.
The main concern of the border residents is the coming monsoons. It seems likely that withe rains and mud, the heavy military equipment of the Vietnamese backed, Heng Samrin forces will be useless. The lightly equipped Khmer Rouge forces of the old Pol Pot regime may then be able to carry out a typical guerilla war probably intruding into Thai territory.