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Radio Free Asia launch in Cambodia hits technical snags

October 2, 1997

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) _ The U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia, which was scheduled to launch a Khmer-language service early this week, is still working to overcome technical snags.

The service, which was to begin broadcasting in Cambodia twice daily Tuesday, has aired successfully only once due to transmission problems in Washington D.C., RFA spokeswoman Debbie Krisher said Thursday.

``It is the morning transmitter we have problem with,″ said Krisher. ``The transmission is bad, but we’re trying to fix the problem.″

Once operational, the service will air one-hour shows focusing on Cambodian news but also provide international coverage.

The Khmer-language is the seventh service provided by RFA, which is sponsored by the U.S. Congress. Other services are in Chinese, Tibetan, Vietnamese, Burmese, Korean and Lao.

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