• Short Summary

    HIN HEUP (PRONOUNCED HIN HEP), A TRANQUIL VILLAGE WHICH DOZES ON BOTH BANKS OF A LAOTIAN RIVER-BANK, COULD BECOME AN IMPORTANT NAME ON THE WORLD NEWS-MAPS.

  • Description

    HIN HEUP (PRONOUNCED HIN HEP), A TRANQUIL VILLAGE WHICH DOZES ON BOTH BANKS OF A LAOTIAN RIVER-BANK, COULD BECOME AN IMPORTANT NAME ON THE WORLD NEWS-MAPS. IT IS THE TRUCE VILLAGE IN A DISPUTED COUNTRY.

    HIN HEUP IS 60 MILES (96 KM) NORTH OF THE VIENTIANE AND LIES ON THE NAM LIK (LIK RIVER) WHICH FORMED THE CEASEFIRE LINE WHEN THE GENEVA AGREEMENTS WERE DRAWN UP IN 1962. EARLIER, IN 1961, THE LEADERS OF THE THREE PRINCELY FACTIONS, LEFT-WING, RIGHT-WING AND NEUTRALIST, HAD MET ON A HOUSE BOAT IN MID-RIVER AT HIN HEUP TO TALK ABOUT A CEASEFIRE.

    NOW THE COMMUNIST-BACKED PATHET LAO CLAIMS IT HAS GUERILLA UNITS IN THE NAM LIK AREA, AND FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE CONFLICT BEGAN IT HAS BEEN MAINTAINING THE OFFENSIVE THROUGHOUT THE RAINY SEASON. IT SAYS IT PLANS TO PUSH SOUTH AGAINST THE VIENTIANE GOVERNMENT FORCES UNTIL IT REACHES THE RIVER. THEN IT WILL HALT, PERHAPS AT HIN HEUP, AND OFFER TO NEGOTIATE NEW TERMS.

    MEANWHILE THE VILLAGERS LIVE AS THEY ALWAYS HAVE, RAISING PIGS AND POULTRY, FISHING IN THE RIVER, GROWING CROPS, WEAVING CLOTH AND HUNTING WITH HOME-MADE FLINTLOCK GUNS.

    THE VILLAGERS ARE NOT VERY CONCERNED ABOUT THE PROSPECT OF PATHET LAO TAKING OVER THE VILLAGE. THE FEW GOVERNMENT TROOPS IN THE AREA ARE MORE CONCERNED AT THE REPORTED PRESENCE OF NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS IN LAOS; THEIR OTHER FEAR IS THAT THE UNITED STATES-BACKED GOVERNMENT FORCES MIGHT BOMB THE VILLAGE IF THE COMMUNISTS MOVE IN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA37CCR2QNR13SRXGJFPVCVWXOP
    Media URN:
    VLVA37CCR2QNR13SRXGJFPVCVWXOP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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