The Government troops of the Khmer Republic fighting along Route Three are tired and broke.?
The Government troops of the Khmer Republic fighting along Route Three are tired and broke. They say they haven't been paid for two months.
But observers say they continue to fight to save Premier Lon Nol being forced out of the country by Khmer Rouge troops.
In their most recently filmed activities, the official Khmer troops continued to fight the Communist forces along Route Three, about 15 miles south of Phnom Penh. They had plenty of air support, including air strikes, but it didn't help. The communist forces cutting the road held their positions and often advanced.
Most peasant don't see the value in fighting their countrymen, and they resent being forced out of their villages by Government troops.
Because the communists already hold about 85 per-cent of the land in the Khmer Republic, this latest offensive is not seen as a landgrab, but rather an attempt to embarrass Premier Lon Nol out of the country. But Lon Nol isn't leaving, and while he insists on staying, he Khmer Rouge say they'll continue to fight.