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WASHINGTON <AP) - Ambassador Robert W. Komer says the Viet Cong dealt pacification a real setback with their February assault on South Vietnam's cities — but he predicts Saigon will recoup its losses faster than the enemy win. In a cabled response from Sai gon to questions from The Associated Press, Homer summed up the status of "the other war" since the massive lunar new year enemy offensive this way: "Pacification Is still alive and kicking, despite the early tendency of many to pronounce it dead. It now seems clear that those who counted out pacification in the immediate aftermath of the Tet offensive were over-rcactine and speaking prema-turely before (he returns were in. Suffered Real Setback "We unnucstirtnablv suffered a real setback— especially tragic in terms of innocent civilian losses— but the enemy suffered grievous losses, loo. "The real question is whether we can recover and forge ahead more quickly than he. I believe that we arc ana can, given per-severance and will." Komer, who runs U.S. assist-' ance to the pacification effort as| a deputy to the American commander, Gen. William C. Westmoreland, had previously held off a public assessment of the over-all impact of the Tet attacks on his program until more results were in iruin ™uui vict nam's 44 nrovinces. Following are questions to and replies from Komer: O. How does 'the other war1 stand since the Tet offensive. both in psychological and physical terms? A. By and large, the 'other war' impact of the Tet offensive now appears to have been more psychological than physical. Despite the tragic losses— some 650,000 Tet evacuees at the high point, about 7,500 civilians killed and 15,500 wounded, around 95,000 homes destroyed or dam