• Short Summary

    The negotiations being held in Vientiane to end the civil war in Laos continued on Tuesday (13 February) amidst hopes that the ceasefire agreement was about to be signed.

  • Description

    The negotiations being held in Vientiane to end the civil war in Laos continued on Tuesday (13 February) amidst hopes that the ceasefire agreement was about to be signed.

    A Government spokesman at the meeting even predicted that the war would end within a week.

    Officials at the meeting said that settlement of the nine-year-old-war had never been closer, but the Laotian Government and the pro-communist Pathet Lao still failed to agree on two items.

    One was the Pathet Lao's demand that the Laotian Government denounce Thailand for allowing United States bombers to use Thai bases, and the other point still under dispute was the Pathet Lao's with that it be referred to as the Patriotic Front, and the Government as the Vientiane Administration.

    Members of the International Control Commission were present at the meeting.

    The next meeting was planned for Friday (February 16).

    SYNOPSIS: The negotiations in Vientiane to end the civil war in Laos appeared on Tuesday to be reaching a successful conclusion. Delegates of the communist Pathet Lao and the various factions within the Laos Government held their regular Tuesday meeting amid rumours that a ceasefire agreement was about to be signed. As usual, it was attended by members of the International Control Commission who would be entrusted with supervising any truce. But inside the conference room, negotiations ran into last-minute hitches when both sides disagreed on two issues.

    One was the Pathet Lao's demand that the Laotian Government denounce Thailand for letting the United States bombers use Thai bases; the other was the Pathet Lao's wish to be called the Patriotic Front, and for the Government to be known as the Vientiane Administration.

    A Government policeman and a communist soldier guarded the conference room while international journalists waited impatiently. Troops of the two opposing sides stood chatting amicably on the steps of the building.

    When the meeting broke up, the announcement came that a ceasefire agreement had not been signed, but a Government spokesman predicted that the nine-year-old civil war would still end within the next week.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5DZKW1PHUSED025RA94F0PJN9
    Media URN:
    VLVA5DZKW1PHUSED025RA94F0PJN9
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/02/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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