The five member Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) formally endorsed a Thai proposal on June 25 in Bangkok calling on Vietnam to withdraw its estimated 180,000 troops from the Thai-Kampuchea border.
BANGKOK, THAILAND (JUNE 25):
SV & GV Prince Norodom Sihanouk greets ASEAN foreign ministers
SVs Sihanouk and officials surrounded by journalists (2 shots)
SVs Ministers talk (4 shots)
BARN SAGAU CAMP, KAMPUCHEA: (JUNE 26):
GVs Refugees in camp (4 shots)
SCU Woman and baby (2 shots)
SV Wagons in fields (3 shots)
GVs Camp (2 shots)
GV Men building hut frames (3 shots)
SV PULL BACK TO GV Refugees
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Background: The five member Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) formally endorsed a Thai proposal on June 25 in Bangkok calling on Vietnam to withdraw its estimated 180,000 troops from the Thai-Kampuchea border. The communique was issued after two days of talks between ASEAN's five foreign ministers, who also expressed approval of Thai Foreign Minister Siddhi Savetsila's intention to visit Hanoi if Vietnamese troops pulled 30 kilometres (20 miles) back from the Kampuchean border. But Vietnam made it clear that any proposed visit would be without any preconditions, and that no withdrawal was possible in the near future. The foreign ministers -- including Indonesia's Dr Mochtar Kusukaatmadja, Carlos Romulo from the Philippines, Suppiah Dhanabalam from Singapore, and Ghazali Shafie from Malaysia -- also reaffirmed that the tripartite coalition of the Kampuchean Resistance Forces, headed by Prince Norodom Sihanouk, was a significant step to political settlement in Kampuchea. Following a brief meeting with the ASEAN ministers, Prince Sihanouk said he would continue to lead the coalition, despite his earlier suggestion that he would resign over internal differences. Sihanouk had said that his coalition partners had opposed his view that a settlement to the problem was only likely if contact was made with the Vietnamese-backed Heng Samrin government in Kampuchea. During the second day of the ASEAN meeting, a further 4,000 refugees from the fighting in Kampuchea arrived at the Barn Sagau camp. Recent heavy fighting between Vietnamese troops and forces of the KPNLF (Kampuchean Peoples National Liberation Front) resulted in another stream of refugees heading for Thailand. Those at Barn Sagau had little left of their belongings save for what they carried on hand-drawn wagons. Tents were scarce, and workmen tried to erect wooden huts to protect people from the heavy rain. Vietnamese troops had been involved in one of their heaviest offensives against the KPNLF since the start of the spring.