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Official reaction in Cambodia to the impending U.S. bombing halt 8/73
Date of Creation:
July 11, 1973
Date of Declassification:
February 19, 1987
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4 p.
Initial Cambodian reactions to the impending bombing halt next month have been mixed. Former Defense Minister General Thappana Nginn was guardedly optimistic on 8 July, saying that he felt the Cambodian Army could hold on without US air support. Thappana admitted that poor field leadership, corruption, and an inefficient logistical system would continue to be problems, but said that morale among senior officers was reasonably good and cited decreased battlefield desertions as an encouraging sign. On the other hand, Brigadier General Un Kauv, the respected commander of the elite 7th Division, struck a more pessimistic note, claiming that air support was vital. He recently stated that government units would continue to fight without US air support, but that their efforts would be "futile".
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