• Short Summary

    PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, THE LAOTIAN NEUTRALIST PRIME MINISTER, IS TO TAKE OVER THE KINGDOM'S OFFENCE MINISTRY IN A BID TO UNIFY THE ARMED FORCES.

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    PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, THE LAOTIAN NEUTRALIST PRIME MINISTER, IS TO TAKE OVER THE KINGDOM'S OFFENCE MINISTRY IN A BID TO UNIFY THE ARMED FORCES. THE MOVE WAS ANNOUNCED BY THE RIGHT-WING MILITARY LEADER, GENERAL PHOUMI NOSAVAN IN THE CAPITAL, VIENTIANE.

    THIS HAS FOLLOWED RENEWED EFFORTS TO BRING ABOUT A WORKABLE COALITION IN THE DIVIDED KINGDOM AND AVERT THE THREAT OF A CIVIL WAR WHICH AROSE AFTER THE COUP LED BY GENERAL KOUPRASITH ABHAY, ON APRIL 19.

    IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE COUP, FIGHTING AGAIN BROKE OUT ON THE STRATEGIC PLAIN OF JARS, WHERE LEFT-WING PATHET LAO FORCES LAUNCHED AN OFFENSIVE AGAINST NEUTRALIST AND RIGHT-WING TROOPS. IN A BID TO HALT THE FIGHTING, THE INTERNATIONAL CONTROL COMMISSION FLEW TO THE PLAIN OF JARS ON WEDNESDAY, (APRIL 29), TO ATTEMPT TO SECURE A CEASEFIRE.

    THE DIPLOMATS CARRIED WITH THEM A NOTE FROM PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA TO HIS HALF-BROTHER, PRINCE SOUPHANOUVONG, THE PATHET LAO LEADER, CALLING FOR A CEASEFIRE AND TRIPARTITE TALKS BETWEEN THE THREE OPPOSING FACTIONS.

    IN THE MEANTIME, IT HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED BY THE PATHET LAO THAT PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA AND PRINCE SOUPHANOUVONG HAVE AGREED TO MEET FOR TALKS AT KHANG KHAY WITHIN THE NEXT FEW DAYS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5YSIWVLKMSMZTIEXUGX5EJ7XA
    Media URN:
    VLVA5YSIWVLKMSMZTIEXUGX5EJ7XA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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