In Bangkok, on March 25, foreign ministers from the five ASEAN nations - Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia - met their counterparts from countries of the European Economic Community (EEC) at the association's fourth annual meeting.
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GV INTERIOR Delegates seated at tables for fourth ASEAN ministerial meeting. (3 SHOTS)
SV Thailand's Foreign Minister Siddhi Savetsila, speaks. (SOT) Delegates clap. (2 SHOTS)
SVs General Carlos Romulo, Philippines Foreign Minister, shakes hands with other foreign ministers, including Britain's Francis Pym.
CU PULL BACK TO GV Ministers pose for photographs.
SV Son Sann, former prime minister of Kampuchea, answers questions from reporter. (SOT)
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GVs Tented refugee camp. (2 SHOTS)
SV Mother sits with two children.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Man hammers tent pegs into ground.
GV Tents, made of cardboard boxes.
SAVETSILA: (SEQ 2) "The ASEAN and EEC ministers reiterated their stand on the position of assistance to Vietnam. We agreed that no assistance should be given to Vietnam to sustain or enhance the Vietnamese occupation of Kampuchea. The ASEAN and other ministers also discussed the question of Indo-Chinese refugees and (indistinct) expressed their appreciation for assistance from EEC countries to the unfortunate Indo-Chinese refugees."
REPORTER: (SEQ 5) "Excellency last month the Vietnamese forces in Cambodia (Kampuchea) destroyed the (indistinct) camp. Do you have any information about further attacks planned by the Vietnamese?"
SON SANN: "Yes. There are preparing now to attack strongly our camp of (indistinct) and they have much, many troop, many division with tank, artillery, even anti-aircraft battery. They are preparing very soon to attack us. As for us, mu fighters, our fighters, ... this is the rule, we have to fight. But I am anxious about the civilian population."
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Background: In Bangkok, on March 25, foreign ministers from the five ASEAN nations - Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia - met their counterparts from countries of the European Economic Community (EEC) at the association's fourth annual meeting. The most controversial issue facing the ministers was the question of Vietnam's military presence in Kampuchea. Most delegates were in favour of stopping all aid immediately to Vietnam, but France, which provided about 35-million dollars-worth of aid to Hanoi last year, succeeded in removing this clause from the final communique. Thailand's Foreign Minister, Siddhi Savetsila, said that no economic assistance should be given to Vietnam to enable it to continue the military incursion into Kampuchea. General Carlos Romulo, from the Philippines, persuaded other delegates, including Britain's Foreign Minister, Francis Pym, to accept a compromise communique which called for the removal of all Vietnamese troops. The government of Heng Samrin is opposed by three groups in Kampuchea, one of which, the Khmer People's National Liberation Front (KPNLF), is led by former prime minister Son Sann. He said after the meeting that the Vietnamese had recently attacked and destroyed a camp in Kampuchea. Mr. Son Sann claimed he had information to suggest that they were heavily involved in preparing for a large scale attack, with the aid of tanks, artillery and anti-aircraft batteries on another camp; and expressed his concern about the future effect of the fighting on the civilian population, many of whom had fled from Vietnamese troops to live in tented refugee camps. Conditions, he said, were basic, and many of the refugees had only home-made "tents" - made out of cardboard boxes and plastic sheets - for shelter. Since Vietnam moved into Kampuchea in 1979, there have been almost daily guerrilla skirmishes between the estimated 180,000 troops of the Heng Samrin government and resistance forces. The latter include the KPNLF, troops loyal to the former head of state, Prince No
rodom Sihanouk, and about 30,000 soldiers from the Khmer Rouge. In February, the United Nations recognised the opposition coalition, headed by Prince Sihanouk, as the official representatives of the people.