228. Telegram From the Embassy in Cambodia to the Department of State 1

6134. For the Secretary from Ambassador Dean. Subject: Continuing Contacts with GKR.

Saw Saukham Khoy and Long Boret between 7:00 and 7:30 morning April 12. I conveyed thrust of State 833562 to Saukham Khoy. He thought mostly women and children of Khmer VIPs would take advantage of our offer to depart with us this morning. He had not yet made up his mind whether to stay or leave.
Above all, I told him I am going to Bangkok and will remain in Bangkok and I would find ways to stay in touch with whatever elements of the GKR remain behind. I made similar pitch with Long Boret.
Also mentioned to both of them that President’s message to Congress3 did not repeat not imply we were abandoning our efforts to obtain additional assistance from Congress for Khmer Republic.
  1. Source: Ford Library, National Security Adviser, Presidential Country Files for East Asia and the Pacific, Box 4, Cambodia, State Department Telegrams, To SECSTATE, Nodis (6). Secret; Nodis; Flash. Repeated to Beijing.
  2. Telegram 83356 to Phnom Penh, April 11, contained information on the U.S. offer to evacuate certain Cambodian officials. (National Archives, RG 59, State Archiving System)
  3. See Document 217.