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    The United States began dismantling its large electronic intelligence station in Ramsun on Sunday (28 March) -- formally starting the full withdrawal of all American forces in Thailand.

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    The United States began dismantling its large electronic intelligence station in Ramsun on Sunday (28 March) -- formally starting the full withdrawal of all American forces in Thailand.

    The break-down of the Ramsun centre was the first move for U.S. forces following the Thai Government's decision on 20 March to call for the full withdrawal within four months.

    A U.S. military spokesman said more than 300 servicemen and several shipments of equipment will have left the Ramsun centre, which is 300 miles (483 kms) north-east of Bangkok, within a week.

    The centre had been used for "listening-in" on Communist communications traffic as far north as the Sino-Soviet frontier.

    The nerve centre for a string of smaller stations spread across northern Thailand, Ramsun has been the "ears of the U.S." in Asia.

    Under the terms of the Thai Government decision, only 270 U.S. advisers will stay in the country -- but that number could be even smaller if the United States cuts its military aid to Thailand.

    As the American servicemen were withdrawing from Ramsun, the nearest town -- Udorn -- was also the scene of a mass exodus as bar and shops shut down and their owners moved out.

    SYNOPSIS: The United States began dismantling its electronic intelligence centre of Ramsun -- some 300 miles north-east of Bangkok -- on Sunday. The dismantling was the first formal move by U.S. military officials since the Thai Government's decision to order the full withdrawal of U.S. forces in Thailand within four months.

    The Ramsun centre had been used for "listening in" on Communist communication traffic as far north as the Sino-Soviet border. It was a nerve centre for a string of smaller bases spread across northern Thailand. A U.S. military spokesman said that more than 300 servicemen and large shipments of equipment would have left the centre by the end of the week.

    Udorn -- the nearest Thai town to Ramsun -- has also been the scene o??? a mass exodus.

    Shops and bars -- catering almost exclusively to American servicemen -- have been closed down. Their owners say there just isn't enough local business to make it worthwhile to stay in Udorn.

    Houses are up for rent and for sale, but, naturally, the market isn't demanding. Under the terms of the Thai Government agreement, only 270 U.S. advisers will remain in the country.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABL9RT2N1CVDC0ORWY2W2XDHRE
    Media URN:
    VLVABL9RT2N1CVDC0ORWY2W2XDHRE
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/03/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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