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Thursday, 12 April 1973
Page: 1375

Dr GUN (KINGSTON, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs whether his attention has been drawn to the continuing reports of the isolation of the Cambodian capital. Can the Minister advise the House of the situation, particularly with regard to the possibility of a negotiated settlement in Cambodia? Will he also advise the House about the safety of Australian personnel?

Mr WHITLAM - My Department has been in contact at least daily with our mission in Phnom Penh and I personally have been in touch with the Charge d'Affaires. The aid personnel whom Australia has there up country are being evacuated. The dependants of the diplomats in Phnom Penh are being evacuated. The diplomats are remaining at their posts. I do not believe that I can say anything useful at this stage on the prospects of a ceasefire in Cambodia - in the Khmer Republic - such as has already been drawn up in Vietnam and Laos.

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