• Short Summary

    A DAM, WHICH WILL PROVIDE ELECTRICITY, IS BEING BUILT AT SEDONE, 19 MILES NORTH OF PAKSE.

  • Description

    A DAM, WHICH WILL PROVIDE ELECTRICITY, IS BEING BUILT AT SEDONE, 19 MILES NORTH OF PAKSE. A JOINT PROJECT OF FRANCE AND LAOS, IT IS EXPECTED TO BE COMPLETED BY SEPTEMBER 1968.

    WORK ON THE DAM STARTED IN 1966. IT WILL HAVE TWO TURBINE-POWERED GENERATORS, EACH CAPABLE OF AN OUTPUT OF 850 KILOWATTS OF ELECTRICITY.

    MOST OF THE CONSTRUCTION WORKERS ARE WOMEN.

    SO FAR, MORE THAN 5,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN MOVED INTO THE RESETTLEMENT AREA. THEY ARE KHA TRIBESMEN KNOWN AS SOUI KHA. THESE TRIBESMEN RESENT THE LAO GOVERNMENT'S EXTENSION OF ITS AUTHORITY INTO THEIR AREA. THE SOUI KHA KEEP COMMUNIST GUERILLAS SUPPLIED WITH INFORMATION AND MANY ARE THEMSELVES GUERILLAS.

    UNITED STATES AID TEAMS ARE PRESENTLY WORKING ALONG THE NORTHERN EDGE OF THE SEDONE VALLEY, BUILDING SCHOOLS, WELLS, DISPENSARIES AND GIVING ADVICE ON MORE PRODUCTIVE RICE CULTIVATION. THE LOCAL POPULATION IS ALSO BEING GIVEN COOKING UTENSILS AND OTHER MATERIALS.

    MEANWHILE, THE LAOTIAN NEUTRALIST PRIME MINISTER, PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA HAS MADE A NEW PEACE PROPOSAL TO THE PRO-COMMUNIST PATHET LAO TO END FIGHTING WHICH HAS BEEN GOING ON SINCE 1959.

    IN A LETTER TO HIS HALF-BROTHER, PRINCE SOUPHANOUVONG, LEADER OF THE PATHET LAO, THE PREMIER SAID THE TWO FACTIONS SHOULD MEET AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO DISCUSS MUTUAL PROBLEMS.

    THE LETTER WAS REPLY TO A MOTE SENT BY PRINCE SOUPHANOUVONG ON MAY 13, WHICH DENIED THAT THERE ANY NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS IN LAOS HELPING THE PATHET LAO.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA2B1KDY22G7NY3D9MFYWXGEQJP
    Media URN:
    VLVA2B1KDY22G7NY3D9MFYWXGEQJP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/07/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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