The American ambassador to the Khmer Republic, Mr. Emory C. Swank, signed a document in?
The American ambassador to the Khmer Republic, Mr. Emory C. Swank, signed a document in the capital, Phnom Penh, on Wednesday (22 August), promising compensation for the accidental American bombing of Neak Loung earlier this month.
On the 6th August, American aircraft accidentally bombed the town, which is only thirty miles from phnom Penh. A total of 137 people were killed and 268 others injured.
During the signing ceremony, attended by the khmer Foreign Minister, Mr. Long Boret, the Ambassador handed over $71,000 (GBP 28,000 sterling) worth of hospital equipment, and promised financial help in rebuilding the Neak Leung hospital. The American Government also pledged compensation to the survivors of the incident, once they had been identified.
Mr. Swank said that it was his Government's hope that the present hostilities, and the suffering they caused the khmer people, could be brought to and through negotiations.
SYNOPSIS: Phnom Penh, in the khmer Republic, where the American Ambassador, Mr. Emory Swank, and the khmer Foreign Minister, Mr. Long Boret, on Wednesday signed a document which promises American compensation for the accidental bombing of Neak Leung, a town only thirty miles from the capital. The incident occurred on 6th August, when one of six B-52 bombers dropped at least part of its load on the town, killing 137 people and injuring at least 268 others.
The agreement pledges seventy-one-thousand-dollars-worth of hospital equipment, and further financial help in rebuilding Neak Leung hospital, which was badly damaged by the bombing.
In addition, Mr. Swank promised on behalf of his Government, that compensation would be paid to the survivors of the incident -- once they had been identified.
Mr. Swank expressed his Government's sorrow for the incident, and offered his own condolences.
Also included in the agreement -- the provision of a field hospital and an expert who will help install the new equipment. After the signing, the Ambassador and the Foreign Minister examined some of the medical facilities provided.
Mr. Swank left, having expressed he hope that the hostilities in the Republic could be ended by negotiations, thus preventing further suffering.