• Short Summary

    MEMBERS OF THE THREE-NATION INTERNATIONAL CONTROL COMMISSION WATCHED A BOMBARDMENT FALLING ON AREAS HELD BY NEUTRALIST FORCES ON THE PLAIN OF JARS IN CENTRAL LAOS ON APRIL 25.

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    MEMBERS OF THE THREE-NATION INTERNATIONAL CONTROL COMMISSION WATCHED A BOMBARDMENT FALLING ON AREAS HELD BY NEUTRALIST FORCES ON THE PLAIN OF JARS IN CENTRAL LAOS ON APRIL 25.

    THE CONTROL COMMISSION TEAM ARRIVED BY HELICOPTERS AND OBSERVED THE FIRING FOR THREE HOURS.AUTHORATIVE SOURCES QUOTING THE NEUTRALIST MILITARY LEADER HAVE REPORTED THAT THE ATTACKERS WERE PRO-COMMUNIST PATHET LAO FORCES AND SOME DISSIDENT NEUTRALISTS FIRING ARTILLERY AS WELL AS MORTAR.

    SEVERAL DAYS LATER, ON 27 APRIL, PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, THE LAOTIAN PRIME MINISTER FLEW TO THE PLAIN OF JARS ACCOMPANIED BY THE CONTROL COMMISSION REPRESENTATIVES, THE BRITISH AMBASSADOR, AND THE FIRST SECRETARY OF THE SOVIET EMBASSY.THE OBJECT OF THE PRIME MINISTER'S TRIP WAS TO STOP THE RENEWED FIGHTING BETWEEN THE FORCES OF THE RIVAL FACTIONS WHICH MAKE UP HIS COALITION GOVERNMENT.

    RETURNING FROM THE TALKS, PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA SAID THAT THE RIVAL GROUPS HAD PROMISED TO PRESERVE A CEASE-FIRE PENDING FURTHER NEGOTIATIONS.BUT SOURCES CLOSE TO THE PRINCE SAID THAT THE PRO-COMMUNIST PATHET LAO WERE "TALKING A VERY HARD LINE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1FNF4N275RK80WQYYD484ZJ0Y
    Media URN:
    VLVA1FNF4N275RK80WQYYD484ZJ0Y
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/04/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:36:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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