At a special one day conference at the United Nations on Monday (5 November) member countries pledged two hundred and ten million dollars in aid for famine-stricken Kampuchea.
GV MUTE United Nations General Assembly
SV Secretary General Kurt Waldheim speaking in English
SCU Donald McHenry, United States Ambassador speaking to delegates (3 SHOTS)
SV Vietnamese Ambassador Ha Van Lau speaking with translation into English
SV MUTE Delegates
SV Vietnamese deputy Ambassador Vorh Tuan speaking in French
WALDHEIM: "I wish you to know that our concentration on this programme today by no means indicates a lack of appreciation of the pressing needs which exist in dealing with human suffering and survival elsewhere in the world. But this one has thrust itself upon us in such a moving way that we are compelled to respond effectively in the name of humanity to one of the great tragedies of our time."
McHENRY: "The task right now is to get to the people, we also want to get in the long term and in the short term, if you can get it, a resolution of the conflict of the difference of Cambodia so that the people of Cambodia can resolve their differences and live in peace. The secretary general is involved in discussions with all various authorities who are in control of the various sections of Cambodia to try and get assistance through there in a multilateral effort. And that has not succeeded to the extent that we want, but it has succeeded to the point that there are some thirteen to sixteen UNICEF (The United Nations Children's Fund) and ICRC (The International Committee of the Red Cross) officials there. They are carrying on the beginnings of a relief effort, we hope to see it expanded and enlarged. I don't think it's a question of whether the United States talks with one group of officials or not."
HA VAN LAU (THROUGH INTERPRETER): "Someone are trying to exaggerate the issue to paint the picture so dim....this is not the case. And this has also brought about some measures that are not proper with the factual situation."
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Background: At a special one day conference at the United Nations on Monday (5 November) member countries pledged two hundred and ten million dollars in aid for famine-stricken Kampuchea. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim who presided over the conference said he was gratified by the response of world governments. At the conference United States Ambassador Donald McHenry said the immediate problem was to get relief to the people while Vietnam's Ha Van Lau said the situation was being exaggerated.
SYNOPSIS: Dr. Waldheim called the Kampuchean issue 'one of the great tragedies of our time'.
Vietnamese Deputy Ambassador Vorh Tuan described his country's view of the Kampuchean situation more fully. He said Vietnamese government had sent one hundred and twenty thousand tonnes of food, ten thousand tonnes of grains and rice seem to Kampuchea. Vorh Tuan also said that medical supplies, farming equipment and other utensils to the value of fifty million American dollars had been sent by Vietnam to Kampuchea.