Southeast Asia the Greatest Victory

The Khmer Rouge retreat as Hanoi overruns a key sanctuary

The plea was addressed to the "international community," but the message was obviously intended more for Washington than anywhere else. Following a special meeting in the Thai capital of Bangkok, the foreign ministers of six non- Communist Asian nations last week issued an unprecedented appeal for "support and assistance to the Kampuchean people" in the "military struggle" to oust their country's Vietnamese occupiers. To the representatives of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Brunei and the Philippines), backing for Kampuchea these days means weapons. Comparing the Kampucheans with Afghan freedom fighters, Thai Foreign Minister Siddhi Savetsila...

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