The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan has visited North Vietnam to discuss the refugee problem.
GV Hanoi street scenes with industrial and agricultural posters (2 shots)
CU PAN across from UN flag to N. Vietnamese flag on table.
GV Agreement between Un and DRV being signed.
SV Women with hand carts along streets.
SCU Poster on roadside
GV PAN Across countryside with boat on lake
GV & SV Bridge being repaired (2 shots)
SV PAN across wrecked building
GV & SV Workers preparing land (3 shots)
SV Roofs being refiled (3 shots)
SV & GV Agha Khan touring damaged village with others (2 shots)
HANOI STREET SCENES WITH POSTERS ON ROADSIDE: UN AND NORTH VIETNAMESE FLAGS ON TABLE: AGREEMENT BEING SIGNED: WOMEN WITH HAND CARTS: BRIDGE BEING REPAIRED: WRECKED BUILDING WORKERS ON THE LAND: HIGH COMMISSIONER TOURING DAMAGED VILLAGE.
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Background: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan has visited North Vietnam to discuss the refugee problem.
During his visit from September 19 to September 27, the United Nations flag was flown in North Vietnam for the first time. The High Commissioner is the highest ranking UN official to visit the country.
The main aim of the visit was to solve the problem of returning four million people in South Vietnam to their villages in the countryside.
The High Commissioner hopes to open an office in Saigon and is trying to raise a further $US 20 million (20 million sterling) for resettlement to supplement the fund already spend on emergency relief.
He signed an agreement with North Vietnam --- the first UN one to be signed there.
Prince Sadruddin later visited a UN programme in the province of Nghe Anh. The programme is rurally orientated and aims at assisting displaced persons.
The province's capital, Vinh, suffered considerably during the war. Although reconstruction is taking place, many still live in temporary shelters.
Prince Sadruddin also had talks in Bangkok with the Thai Government about the fate of 53,000 refugees from Indo-China who fled to Thailand after the Communist victories four months ago.
He also discussed repatriation of refugees in Cambodia when he visited Pathet Lao leaders in Vientiane.
SYNOPSIS: Hanoi, where for the first time the United Nations flag is flying in North Vietnam. This coincided with the visit of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan. He signed an agreement in the capital concerning the resettlement of refugees. There are four million people in South Vietnam waiting to return to their villages in the northern countryside.
The UN has provided handcarts to help labour efficiency in Vinh, the capital of the province Nghe Anh. The province suffered considerably during the Vietnam War and although reconstruction --- as depicted in posters --- is being done, many people still live in makeshift shelters. The United Nations runs a rurally-orientated programme to help restore the province's countryside. One of the projects is to replace bridges that have been destroyed. The High Commissioner hopes to open an office in Saigon and is trying to raise 20 million US dollars to supplement the 27 million already spent on emergency relief. Prince Sadruddin spent a week in North Vietnam. He discussed the problem of 40,000 tribal refugees in Thailand but said he could see no possibility of them being resettled there. He said everybody wanted them to return home but it must be voluntary. If they were forced, he said it would he counterproductive because they would cause friction.
The High Commissioner also visited Bangkok to discuss the fate of a further 53,000 Indo-Chinese refugees who fled to Thailand after the Communist victories four months ago. He also visited Pathet Laos leaders in Cambodia to discuss their refugee problem and the chance of repatriation for those who fled into neighbouring countries. But Prince Sadruddin has said that the refugees who are in the most difficult situation are the Khmer refugees.