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.
MLS & MS Pathet Lao delegates
MLS Conference interior. Govt & Lao delegates
MS & CU Lao delegates
MS Two govt. delegates
PAN Lao delegates at table
CU Lieut-Col. Phao, Pathet Lao
CU Lao leader Phoumi Vong Vichit
Lao delegate Col. Singapor
Gen.Ouan Rathikone & Mr. Kao, Govt.
MS Premier Prince Souvanna Phouma enters, shakes hands with Pathet Lao group
LS Premier and group take seats
MLS Conference table
MLS Parsons jumps from aircraft
MCU Parsons received by US officials
LS Parsons and officials
MS Parsons with Govt.official
CU Parsons with newsmen
MLS Parsons leaves airport
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Background: 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.