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    NEAR KAMPUCHEAN BORDER PROVINCE, THAILAND

    Thailand's supreme military commander, General Arthit Kamlang-Ek, inspected a Thai-Kampuchean border post on November 8 recaptured after being overrun by Vietnamese forces three days earlier.

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    1. GV General Arthit Kamlang-Ek and aides on inspection of border area. 0.08
    2. SV Troops at attention to welcome General. 0.12
    3. GV General receiving report from field commander, CV General Arthit. (2 SHOTS) 0.27
    4. GV Field gun fired from Thai border side. 0.34
    5. GV Reconnaissance aircraft. 0.36
    6. GV Thai troops on patrol through jungle area. 0.54
    7. GV Field gun firing. 0.57
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    Background: NEAR KAMPUCHEAN BORDER PROVINCE, THAILAND

    Thailand's supreme military commander, General Arthit Kamlang-Ek, inspected a Thai-Kampuchean border post on November 8 recaptured after being overrun by Vietnamese forces three days earlier. The Thai general is at the centre of controversy in his own country after calling on the government to rescind the devaluation of the baht - the local currency - which he said would cause unrest. General Arthit inspected hill positions in Surin Province 300 kilometres (190 miles) northeast of Bangkok, and only 2,000 metres (yards) inside Thailand, which was said to have been taken over by about 100 Vietnamese troops in pursuit of Peking-backed Khmer Rouge guerrillas. A Thai military spokesman said all Vietnamese troops had now left Thai territory, and added that five Thai soldiers died in the exchange with more than 40 wounded. Thailand and Vietnam have been at odds since Vietnamese troops invaded Kampuchea in 1978 in order to oust the Khmer Rouge from power. Border incidents between Thailand and Kampuchea have been frequent since the Vietnamese-backed Heng Samrin government came to power in Kampuchea. General Arthit has condemned the Thai government's decision to devalue the national currency because he believed it would affect military development. The armed forces have been seeking new hardware, including a squadron of US F-16 jet fighters. Diplomats say General Arthit's open criticism of Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda and his administration is likely to create political uncertainty. The government decided to devalue in an effort to stem Thailand's rising trade deficit, estimated this year at 3.26 billion US dollars.

    Source: CHANNEL 5, BANGKOK

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    Film ID:
    VLVABZ3DE3X1RSQ8V7L6EIVTB1QTE
    Media URN:
    VLVABZ3DE3X1RSQ8V7L6EIVTB1QTE
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/11/1984
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:57:00
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    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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