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DEPARTMENT OF EXTERNAL AFFAIRS,

CANBERRA.

PR 119

2 6 th O ctob er, 1962

AUSTRALIAN AID FOR VIET NAM .

, S ta te m e n t by t h e M i n i s t e r ' f o r E x t e r n a l A f f a i r s

The M in is te r f o r E x te r n a l A f f a i r s , S i r G a r fie ld

B arw ick , s a id to d a y t h a t one o f th e im p o rta n t c o n sig n m en ts

o f barbed w ir e , c o r r u g a te d ir o n and p i c k e t s , w hich A u s t r a lia

was se n d in g to . V ie t Nam had b een handed o v e r l a s t week i n a

0 ^ fo rm a l cerem ony by th e A u s tr a lia n Ambassador t o V ie t Nam,

Mr. B r i a n H i l l . The ceremony, which symbolized t h e e x t e n s i v e

a i d which has bee n a r r i v i n g from A u s t r a l i a i n r e c e n t months,

. to o k p la c e a t Tuong Da v i l l a g e i n K ien Hoa p r o v in c e , so u th

o f S a ig o n .

F O R T H E P R E S S

(R eleased o n ly i n Canberra)

' The ite m s i n t h e consig nm ent, S i r G a r f i e l d s a i d ,

would h e l p e s t a b l i s h a " s t r a t e g i c v i l l a g e " a t Tuong Da, which

was i n an a r e a u n t i l r e c e n t l y dominated by Communist V i e t '

Cong g u e r i l l a s . The purpose o f t h e . " s t r a t e g i c v i l l a g e s nwas

t o p r o v i d e t h e i r i n h a b i t a n t s w i t h a d e q u ate means o f d e f e n d i n g

th e m s e l v e s a g a i n s t g u e r i l l a a t t a c k s and a l s o t o i s o l a t e t h e

Communists, t h u s making i t e a s i e r f o r Government f o r c e s t o

l o c a t e them and wipe them o u t . " U n t i l t h e Communist g u e r i l l a s

a r e bro u g h t under b e t t e r c o n t r o l , " S i r G a r f i e l d a d d e d ," i t

w i l l be d i f f i c u l t f o r t h e economic l i f e o f th e c o u n t r y t o

r e t u r n t o norm al, o r f o r p o l i t i c a l development t o p r o c e e d " .

S i r G a r f i e l d s a i d t h a t he had been g r e a t l y im p res sed

d u r i n g h i s r e c e n t v i s i t t o V i e t Nam w i t h th e f o r t i t u d e , and

co urag e of t h e p e o p l e , l i v i n g as t h e y were i n many a r e a s

under c o n s t a n t t h r e a t o f a t t a c k and s u b j e c t e d t o a l l k in d s

of t h r e a t s and i n t i m i d a t i o n from t h e Communist i n s u r g e n t s .

(Photo grap hs o f ceremony a v a i l a b l e , i f r e q u i r e d )