From Vietnam, Radio Hanoi has announced the formation of a People's Revolutionary Committee to administer Kampuchea -- Cambodia -- naming pro-Vietnamese rebel leader Hieng Somrin as Chairman.
From Vietnam, Radio Hanoi has announced the formation of a People's Revolutionary Committee to administer Kampuchea -- Cambodia -- naming pro-Vietnamese rebel leader Hieng Somrin as Chairman. The Vietnamese-backed insurgents are claiming total control of the country, and, in a telegram to the United Nations Security Council, said the government of Prime Minister Pol Pot ceased to exist shortly after midday local time on Sunday (7 January).
SYNOPSIS: Within a few hours of the reported fall of Phnom Penh, the District Officer's compound at the Thai border village of Aranyaprathet was crammed with hundreds of foreign embassy staff and Chinese technicians.
They had started coming across the border from neighbouring Battambang province at first light and Thai officials said most were Chinese, but that the refugees also included ambassadors and other embassy staff representing Yugoslavia, Rumania, Burma, and Egypt. A number of Chinese arrived by car, but gave no information on where they had come from.
There were also about fifty North koreans -- who objected strongly to being filmed. There has been no official word on the whereabouts of Premier Pol Pot and other members of his government, but Reuters news agency reports that they are believed to be still in Cambodia.
The Thai military commander in the Aranyaprathet area, Colonel Tamit Tappanand, says his forces are maintaining full military alert, and that some units had been strengthened. Thai Prime Minister Kriangsak Chamanand has said he doesn't think either Vietnamese or Cambodian forces would try to set foot on Thai territory -- and spoke to newsmen on Monday (8 January) about the fighting.