A Japanese television team has filmed former Kampuchean leader, Pol Pot, at his jungle headquarters in the west of the war torn country--formerly Cambodia.
SV Pol Pot and his ministers walking through the jungle and shaking hands with friend
SV PAN Pol Pot walks to desk and sits down (2 shots)
CU AND SV Meal being prepared (2 shots)
GV AND SV Hut and women preparing food (2 shots)
SV Radio and operator
CU AND SV Khmer Rouge soldiers maneouvering in undergrowth (5 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: REYNOLDS: "The ousted Cambodian leader was accompanied by his wife, a high ranking member of his regime and his Foreign Minister, Heng Sari (phonetic). In contrast to the hundreds of thousands of sick and starving Cambodians pouring into Thailand, this group looked well fed and healthy. These pictures were taken by the Japanese network NHK. Japanese reporters only would say that the interview took place in Western Cambodia.
"That would put it somewhere near the Thai border and indicate that the Vietnamese still do not control key parts of Western Cambodia where guerrilla resistance is heaviest and where as many as half a million starving Cambodians are clustered--but Pol Pot served his guests a multi course lunch. It was obvious that no one was hungry at this headquarters.
"Pol Pot claims to be in touch with resistance forces in all sections of Cambodia, but the communications we have seen here is primitive.
"Pol Pot's troops put on a show for the cameras. He said he has fifty thousand soldiers under his command, a figure most intelligence experts consider highly inflated. Pol Pot said that he is willing to co-operate against the Vietnamese with the man he overthrew, Lon Nol and the man he kept a prisoner for four years, Prince Sihanouk. There's no indication they're willing to take up the offer. Jack Reynolds, NBC News".
REPORTER: JACK REYNOLDS
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Background: A Japanese television team has filmed former Kampuchean leader, Pol Pot, at his jungle headquarters in the west of the war torn country--formerly Cambodia. Pol Pot told members of the crew that he still had fifty thousand loyal troops supporting him in his struggle against the Vietnamese. He also said that he would be willing to team up with two other former leaders of the country, Lon Nol and Prince Sihanouk, in the fight.