ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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WASHINGTON-Not by Rhetoric Alone

ever new US equipment cornea in, is given to the forces that are still being raised. The Phnom Penh regime is therefore likely, at first, to utilise its newly-train- ed and equipped forces to clean all major highways of its opponents and then to secure all the major towns by pushing Sihanouk's men as far away from them as possible. At the moment nearly all the major highways in Cambodia are obstructed by Sihanouk's forces. Highway Two to the major city in the south, Takeo, is closed to traffic and so is Highway Three, which goes further south from the capital. Highway Four from the capital to the only port, Kam- pong Som, gets closed daily, after the Lon Nol troops restore traffic on it for a few hours. Vet another major highway, to Battambang in the west, and to the Thailand border, also remains closed. The only road communication open to Phrtom Penh is Highway One, Unking it with the South Vietnamese capital, Saigon. Both Highway One and the river route along the Mekong is kept open by South Vietnamese troops and gunboats.

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