In Thailand, the government has denied allegations made by the Heng Samrin government in Kampuchea (Cambodia), that it is helping Khmer Rouge troops loyal to the ousted Premier Pol Pot.
In Thailand, the government has denied allegations made by the Heng Samrin government in Kampuchea (Cambodia), that it is helping Khmer Rouge troops loyal to the ousted Premier Pol Pot. The denial comes after tens of thousand of Kampuchean refugees have crossed into Eastern Thailand to escape a Vietnamese-led offensive against the Khmer Rouge guerrillas.
SYNOPSIS: The Thai army has sealed off thee border area as tens of thousands of guerrillas and refugees continues to flee into Thailand.
Abandoned Khmer Rouge trucks are evidence of the surge of an estimated fifty to a hundred thousand people believed to have crossed the border. A Thai Red Cross aunt has been busy caring for the wounded.
Thailand continues to deny allegations that it is assisting the Khmer Rouge. They insist he only help being given is to the injured, on humanitarian grounds.
The young wounded soldiers bear witness to a fierce offensive, believed designed to quell any resistance in north-west Kampuchea before the start of the rainy season.
The Thais say many thousands of refugees have now returned to their own country but at a different point on the frontier. And sources say that two groups of guerrillas have re-entered Kampuchea behind enemy liens as an apparent preparation for a counter attack. But again the Thais have denied supplying them with arms or in any was assisting them.
While the fighting continues, the was has put what Thailand calls their policy of strict neutrality to the test as refugees and Khmer Rouge continue to flood into their country.