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Thursday, August 16, 1973

THE SUMMER DAILY

Page Five

CAMBODIA DEVELOPMENTS
q } Nixon warns N. Viets

AP Photo
A CAMBODIAN trooper watches as bombs dropped from a U.S.
jet destroy a suspected communist position. As a result of the
congressionally-imposed bombing halt, the Cambodians will have
to continue their fight without that American firepower.
Final bormbers cross
skies over Cambodia

WASHINGTON (P) - President
Nixon promised yesterday to give
Cambodia all the economic and
military aid the law permits and
told the North Vietnamese he
would"seek "appropriate action"
if they threaten stability in Indo-
china.
Nixon, in a statement, express-
ed again his displeasure over the
congressionally ordered bombing
halt in Cambodia and promised
this country would "stand firm-
ly" with the Lon Nol government
in Cambodia.
"IT SHOULD be clearly under-
stood in Hanoi that the Presi-
dent will work with Congress in
order to take appropriate action
if North Vietnam mounts an of-
fensive which jeopardizes stabil-
ity in Indochina and threatens to
overturn the settlements reach-
ed after so much sacrifice by so
many for so long," the statement
read.
Under the law, the President
would have to go to Congress for
any further combat activity he
might wish to launch in response
to any North Vietnamese opera-
tions.
Meanwhile, he has the author-
ity to pump into Cambodia con-
gressionally authorized $ 1 0 5
million in economic aid and $186
million in military aid during fis-
cal 1974. Economic aid for fis-
cal 1973 was $88.4 million and
military aid $148.6 million.
In a related development, the
Pentagon reported the situation
throughout Cambodia was "very
quiet" in the hours after the end
of the U.S. bombing. Spokesman
Jerry Friedheim said U.S. war-
planes flew 279 strike sorties in
the last day of the air war, 48
of them by B52 bombers and the
others by fighter-bombers.
He said there are no immed-
iate plans to reduce U.S. air
strength in Thailand, where 660
planes are based - 430 of them
bombers. Another 150 B52 bomb-
ers are based on Guam.
In Congress, members who had
been active in demanding an end
to the U.S. bombing expressed
relief that the bombing was over.
Sen. George McGovern (D-S.D.)
hailed the bombing cutoff as "the
culmination of 10 years of work

by many who have labored in the
peace movement . . . And it is
also a day for soul-searching,
when we must understand the
lessons of this sad venture and
then determine that the same
tragic mistakes will never again
be repeated."
THE NIXON statement, read by
Deputy Press Secretary Gerald
Warren, promised that the Unit-
ed States would "stand firmly"

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with the Lon ilol government and
expressed hope the government
could "hold its own against the
insurgents and their N o r t h
Vietnamese sponsors."
Since the bombing deadline was
imposed by Congress, the White
House said that "our combat air
support coupled with Cambodian
efforts to improve and strength-
en their forces, have left the
Khmer Republic in better shape
to defend itself."

By PETER ARNETT
AP Special Correspondent
SET BO, Cambodia - They
wheeled high in the blue sky like
two silver birds of prey. Then
one peeled off and dropped its
nose in an ear-piercing dive.
It was 10:35 in the morning
Cambodian time. The U. S. Air
Force F4 Phantom fighter-bomb-
ers were making their last
strikes in Cambodia and the
U n i t e d States was ending 10
years of bombing in Indochina.
This last target for the two
planes was an appropriate one:
Route 30, near the district town
of Saang, about 30 miles south
of Phnom Penh. Saang was the
scene of the first Cambodian
battle in April 1970, after Prince
Norodom Eihanouk was over-
thrown as chief of state and his
country plunged into war.
The scene had not changed
much since then. Fishermen
were gliding across the Bassac
River in their sampans. Naked
children flopped in the muddy
river waters. The jungle was
thick and green.
And Saang was still deep in
trouble.
Three weeks ago it had fallen
to the Communist-led insurgents,
a repeat of the April 1970 action,
That is why the U. S. fighter-
b mbers were roaring in the sky
until shortly before the midnight
bombing cutoff.
A Cambodian soldier standing
idly at the riverside told news-
men, "The road from here to
Sang is in Communist hands.
We need this bombing."
The first silver jet was by now
at the end of its dive. Two black
darts dropped from below, 500-
pound bombs. The jet raced
back into the sky and the thump
of the explosion reached watch-
ing reporters' ears.
A black billow of smoke curled
- - - - e

above the distant trees. The oth-
er jet began carving its own
deadly parabola. And high above
like a mother hen was a U. S.
Air Force spotter plane, guiding
the bombers.
The crump of the explosives
and the rising smoke seemed not
to perturb the fishermen. They
just fished on.
They have had the time to get
used to war. Just the previous
night Communist - led insurgents
had sneaked up the highway and
burned down a dozen homes. The
buildings still smoldered.
Government troops were hold-
ing the road for 10 miles south
from Phnom Penh. Beyond that
was a no man's land to Saang.
What about the end of the
bombing, newsmen asked one of
the soldiers.
"We are not happy about it,"
he said. "My friends think the
Communists will try to take
Phnom Penh now, maybe today,
maybe tomorrow. Someday."

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