• Short Summary

    Taking advantage of a halt in their advance on the Pathet Lao occupied Plain of Jars, Laotian Government troops relaxed at Phou Hong, some 54 miles north of Vientiane Jan 8.

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    Taking advantage of a halt in their advance on the Pathet Lao occupied Plain of Jars, Laotian Government troops relaxed at Phou Hong, some 54 miles north of Vientiane Jan 8.

    While some took a well earned rest, others camouflaged mortar positions, and prepared a 105-mm howitzer for a barrage on a Pathet Lao position just one mile ahead. Field guns were being brought up by American-made troop transport, and armoured cars moved into position for the next move. in Vientiane the following day, Information Minister Bouavan Norasingh said preparations were now completed for a general offensive.

    Just north of Phou Hong lies the strategic junction of roads between Xieng Khouang, Luang Prabang, and Vientiane.

    Four 'Harvard' trainer aircraft- capable of carrying either rockets or bombs- were delivered to the Vientiane Government recently under the United States military aid programme. In a second protest note to Russia, Jan 11, Premier Prince Boun Oum said that unless Soviet aid to Pathet Lao forces is terminated immediately, the "trainers' will soon operate against Soviet aircraft using airstrips on the Plain of Jars.

    Prince Norodom Sihanouk of Cambodia wrote to President de Gaulle of France Jan 11, proposing an international meeting on the Laos problem. The French President also received a letter from Soviet Premier Khrushchev on the same subject. Contents of the latter have not yet been revealed.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3ZI14C2MQFZE7H9M91FPCRMQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA3ZI14C2MQFZE7H9M91FPCRMQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    12/01/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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