• Short Summary

    President Lon Nol of the Khmer Republic on Wednesday (12 March) accepted the resignation of his top military chief and ordered a cabinet reshuffle amid rumours in Phnom Penh that high-level talks were taking place on whether or not he should step down himself.

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    President Lon Nol of the Khmer Republic on Wednesday (12 March) accepted the resignation of his top military chief and ordered a cabinet reshuffle amid rumours in Phnom Penh that high-level talks were taking place on whether or not he should step down himself.

    The Commander-in-Chief of the Khmer Armed Forces, General Sothene Fernandez offered to resign on Tuesday. He has been frequently criticised recently for his conduct of the Navy.

    President Lon Nol abolished the position of Commander-in-Chief and named General Saksuth Sakhan as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces.

    Meanwhile, in Washington, debate on whether or not the United States should supply emergency aid to the Khmer Republic and South Vietnam continued.

    On Wednesday the key House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee approved -- by four votes to three -- a move which would give the Khmer Republic 27.5 million dollars (about GBP11 million sterling) a month for the next three months if the Phnom Penh Government takes "specific steps" to end the fighting.

    But as President Ford met his Cabinet -- where Indochina aid was one of the topics discussed -- Democrats who hold power in the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly against any additional aid.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAV155EW834Y2SVY9NHY9COKZX
    Media URN:
    VLVAV155EW834Y2SVY9NHY9COKZX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/03/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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