• Short Summary

    There has been heavy artillery fire around the Kampuchean (Cambodian) border town of Poipet as Vietnamese-backed troops continue to drive back forces supporting the ousted Kampuchean Prime Minister, Pol Pot.

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    There has been heavy artillery fire around the Kampuchean (Cambodian) border town of Poipet as Vietnamese-backed troops continue to drive back forces supporting the ousted Kampuchean Prime Minister, Pol Pot. The town itself has little strategic importance and has been quiet for some days. On Saturday (13 January) the five Foreign Ministers of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) ended their meeting in Bangkok with a strong condemnation of the armed intervention against the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Kampuchea.

    SYNOPSIS: Poipet lies on the road to Nimit, which has seen strong resistance by troops loyal to the Peking-backed regime of Pol Pot. The Vietnamese-supported insurgents have claimed control of all Kampuchea's major cities, including the capital Phnom Penh. poipet is almost deserted with many of its buildings badly damaged. Former Premier Pol Pot is reported to be hiding in the jungle ready to direct a guerilla war against the new regime.

    Thailand, worried this latest out-break of fighting will lead to another flow of unwanted Indo-chinese refugees, has increased forces at the border checkpoint near Poipet. Thai Foreign Minister Upadit Pachariyangkun spoke to newsmen at the end of the two-day ASEAN meeting in Bangkok.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADH70JTERBD371I27S2GKSS8IQ
    Media URN:
    VLVADH70JTERBD371I27S2GKSS8IQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/01/1979
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:03:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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