Thai Foreign Minister, Siddhi Savetsila, said on Wednesday (6 August) that he was willing to meet his Vietnamese counterpart at the United Nations next month for talks on the tension between their two countries.
GV Helicopter coming into land in border area PULL BACK TO Thai troops waiting
GV Dr. Waldehim leaves helicopter surrounded by newsmen, shakes hands with army commanders watched by photographers
GV Nong Chan refugee camp with refugees waiting for Dr. Waldheim
CU Refugee holding "Kampuchea for Khmer people" sign PULL BACK TO GV refugees, GV refugees in camp (2 shots)
GV Dr. Waldheim waves to refugees, refugees applauding, Waldheim acknowledges children's applause (t shots)
GV Dr. Waldheim in motorcade leaves Hong Chan camp
GV TRACKING SHOT Khao I-Dang refugee camp
SV Flags flying PULL BACK TO GV reception committee at camp
GV Dr. Waldheim getting out of car and walking through camp (2 shots)
GV PAN OUT Captured Vietnamese weapons (4 shots)
GV Dr. Waldheim walking through camp with refugee officials, returns to car and drives off (3 shots)
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Background: Thai Foreign Minister, Siddhi Savetsila, said on Wednesday (6 August) that he was willing to meet his Vietnamese counterpart at the United Nations next month for talks on the tension between their two countries. He said that the U.N. Secretary General, Dr. Kurt Waldheim, had suggested the two ministers could meet in New York where they will be attending the opening of the U.N. General Assembly.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Waldheim left Bangkok on Tuesday (5 August) after two-day visits of Thailand and Vietnam to explore ways of easing the tension on the Thai-Kampuchea border. After talks in Bangkok, he flew by helicopter to see first-hand the situation on the border.
During his visit to Hanoi, Dr. Waldheim had been told by Vietnamese leaders that they wanted a demilitarised zone on both sides of the border. But Thailand wants a demilitarised zone inside Kampuchea where refugees could be assured of safety.
As Dr. Waldheim was taken on a tour of the Nong Chan refugee camp Thai officials told him that in their view the crucial issue was the presence of Vietnamese troops in kampuchea.
The Khmer Rouge government, ousted by the Vietnamese-led troops 19 months ago, but still recognised by the United Nations, says it is prepared to accept Thailand's proposals for a demilitarised peace zone inside Kampuchea. Most of the refugees at this camp have escaped the guerrilla war that forces loyal to the ousted Khmer Rouge are waging against the Phnom Penh government.
Dr. Waldheim said he was struck by the human tragedy along the border.
At the I-Dang refugees camp he told officials he could see how important it was to continue international aid to the Kampucheans with Thai help. Government officials in Bangkok had hoped that Dr. Waldheim would concede to their request for some sort of U.N. presence on the border to monitor the situation.
The United Nations chief was shown weapons that had been captured from Vietnamese troops. There is a belief in Thai military circles that Vietnam will soon make another attack on the border. Tension in the area is considered exceptionally high.
Thai officials fear the continuing fighting, and increasing number of sick and wounded among Khmer Rouge followers, will force more refugees across the border. They fear a repetition of the influx that hit the same district this time last year.