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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Vol. 36, No 11 May 30th, 1973

No D.R.V. Forces in Cambodia

No D.R.V. Forces in Cambodia

At present the Labour Government continues to assist and provide political support to the Thieu regime by recognising it exclusively. No wonder then that Krik sought to minimise Thieu's fascist treatment of political prisoners in the south. Kirks rationalisation for not recognising North Vietnam is that the D.R.V. has violated the ceasefire agreement by 'invading' Cambodia. At the behest of the right-wing leader of the Electrical Workers Union. Tony Neary, the F.O.L. Conference condemned the invasion' without any opposition. The invasion' is one of the U.S. State Department's most ham fisted propaganda stories because, according to the April 19—25 weekly selection of Le Monde, U.S. Embassy officials in Phnom Penh have stated that there is no evidence that Vietnamese communist troops are supporting the anti-Lon Nol forces in Cambodia.

One interesting aspect of the Labour Party conference debate on Vietnam was that only Michael Bassett, M.P. for Waitemata, came forward from the young "progressive" Labour M.P.s to support recognition of the D.R.V. and eventually the P.R.G. The rest were obviously too busy "piddling in Norm Kirk's pocket" as a delegate from Auckland put it.