Officers of the Interfactional Control Commission (ICCS) flew to the South Vietnamese town of Cai Lay on Saturday (30 March) to investigate the fatal mortar shelling of a primary school earlier this month.
GV jeeps with ICCS Officers arriving in Cai Lay (2 shots)
SV Child watches Officers arriving
SV ZOOM IN CU war poster showing corpses
SV ICCS Jeeps driving through town
SV Soldier in street
SV More ICCS jeeps in town
CU Signals to ICCS jeeps (2 shots) soldier
SV Woman and children watching
GV School children walking through street (2 shots)
SV GV ICCS helicopter officers boarding
GV Helicopter takes off
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Background: Officers of the Interfactional Control Commission (ICCS) flew to the South Vietnamese town of Cai Lay on Saturday (30 March) to investigate the fatal mortar shelling of a primary school earlier this month.
The officers -- from Hungary, Indonesia, Iran and Poland -- were making their first full investigation of a ceasefire violation in five months. The investigation was requested by both the North and South Vietnamese governments, which accused each other of the mortar attack.
One hundred children were killed or wounded, and three adults injured, when a single 82 milimetre mortar shell hit the school playground on 9 March. The children--aged from five to eleven--were lining up to go into their classrooms at the time.
The shelling led South vietnamese military negotiators to boycott a scheduled meting with the Viet cong.
The ICCS officers flew by helicopter to the Mekong Delta city of My The then on to Cai Lay, 45 miles (65 kilometres) southwest of Saigon.
The fact that both North and South Vietnam requested the investigation allowed the ICCS officers to bypass compex procedural problems which have prevented them from making any serious investigations for months.