• Short Summary

    Talk between the Laos Government and the pro-Communist Pathet Lao rebel forces last week resulted in the singing of an agreement Oct 18 to return the rebel-held North-east Samneua Province to the Government.

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    Talk between the Laos Government and the pro-Communist Pathet Lao rebel forces last week resulted in the singing of an agreement Oct 18 to return the rebel-held North-east Samneua Province to the Government.

    The Province was taken by the Pathet Lao in one of the key battles of the civil from the forces of pro-Western General Phoumi Nosavan last October.

    At the talks on the Government side were Premier Souvanna Phouma and the Pathet Lao delegation was led by Phoumi Vong Vichit. Spokesmen said afterwards the Pathet Lao had offered full cooperation to the Government-neutralist-and had demanded at the same time strong military action against the Phoumi Forces - the third group engaged in the civil war.

    At the same time, US Assistant Secretary Graham Parsons flew in to Vientiane to confer with the Premier on resumption of US aid suspended ten days earlier over reports that the Government was swinging left-in search of Communist aid. This followed a report of the Soviet Union offering economic aid to the hard-pressed Government, based on "the principle of non-interference".

    The US State Department announced Oct 17 military aid would be resumed but reports from Vientiane Oct 19 said the Government denied military aid would be forthcoming. Rather, it was thought, the aid would be economic.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6RQIG4YCK2H9KEMF719R7YY3N
    Media URN:
    VLVA6RQIG4YCK2H9KEMF719R7YY3N
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/10/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:45:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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