• Short Summary

    ON WEDNESDAY LAOTIAN NEUTRALIST TROOPS HASTILY EVACUATED THE ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL OF VIENTIANE WITH THEIR FAMILIES AS THE THREAT OF RENEWED CIVIL WAR LOOMED OVER THE KINGDOM.

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    ON WEDNESDAY LAOTIAN NEUTRALIST TROOPS HASTILY EVACUATED THE ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL OF VIENTIANE WITH THEIR FAMILIES AS THE THREAT OF RENEWED CIVIL WAR LOOMED OVER THE KINGDOM.

    ABOUT 1,000 NEUTRALISTS, INCLUDING 600 SOLDIERS, WERE FLOWN BACK TO THE STRATEGIC PLAIN OF JARS, IN CENTRAL LAOS, CONTROLLED BY THEIR COMMANDER KONG LE.

    FIGHTING HAD FLARED UP THERE ON THE PREVIOUS DAY WHEN THE LEFT-WING PATHET LAO FORCES SHELLED AND MORTARED NEUTRALIST AND RIGHT-WING POSITIONS.

    THE RIGHT-WING JUNTA, WHICH SEIZED POWER ON APRIL 19TH, ORDERED THE NEUTRALISTS TO MOVE OUT AS FIGHTING FLARED ON THE MOUNTAIN RINGED UPLAND PLATEAU.

    THE SOLDIERS CARRIED NO ARMS AND RIGHT-WING FORCES GUARDED THEIR BOARDED UP HEADQUARTERS.

    THEY WORE THEIR FRENCH-STYLE CAMOUFLAGE UNIFORMS IN WHICH THEY FOUGHT ALONGSIDE THE PATHET LAO AGAINST RIGHT-WING FORCES BEFORE THE 1962 GENEVA AGREEMENT ON THE NATION'S NEUTRALITY.

    NOW, WHILE LAOS FACES AN ECONOMIC CRISIS BECAUSE OF THE VIRTUAL SUSPENSION OF WESTERN AID SINCE THE COUP, THE NEUTRALIST PRIME MINISTER, PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, HAS MADE AN URGENT APPEAL TO ALL FACTIONS CALLING ON THEM TO STOP FIGHTING AND JOIN HIM IN A "FINAL EFFORT" TO MAKE THE COALITION GOVERNMENT WORK.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6NU6JLXL31OO4RMG7NWAAVB98
    Media URN:
    VLVA6NU6JLXL31OO4RMG7NWAAVB98
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:38:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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