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Partial pullout planned by Viets in Kampuchea

Vietnam is planning to announce a partial withdrawal of troops from Kampuchea in the next few days, Monitor contributor Paul Quinn-Judge reports. The actual withdrawal will take place before the end of the month, reliable sources here say.

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Until now, the Vietnamese had stressed privately that they would organize another partial withdrawal this year - the third in succession - but had indicated it would not take place before the end of July.

The early withdrawal is probably intended as a sign that Hanoi is unconcerned about the state of security in Kampuchea. There had been earlier indications that security had in fact declined this year, with the anti-Vietnamese coalition government of democratic Kampuchea increasing in activity and mobility inside the country.

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