As Prince Norodom Sihanouk, Cambodian Prime Minister, arrives in Saigon, Vietnam, for discussions, the limelight is on Laos.
As Prince Norodom Sihanouk, Cambodian Prime Minister, arrives in Saigon, Vietnam, for discussions, the limelight is on Laos. Development in that landlocked kingdom, where the dissident pro-communist pathet Lao forces had entrenched themselves in the Northern Frontier, has caused concern in both Vietnam and neighbouring Cambodia.
South Vietnam's Vice-President Nguyen Ngoc Tho, representing the President, received Prince Sihanouk and party at the airport. The diplomatic corps in Vietnam turned out in force to receive the former Cambodian king who abdicated to take part in politics.
It was a semi-official visit, mainly to hold 'secret' talks with President Ngo Dinh Diem of South Vietnam to remove misunderstandings that existed between the two neighbours, and to discuss other mutual problems.
Before leaving Vietnam after his three-day visit, Prince Sihanouk visited a lacquer shop in the famous lacquer-manufacturing city of Thu Dau Mot, some 20 miles from Saigon.
Away from the tension and crisis-talks in capital Saigon, the relaxed Prince saw some excellent lacquer works in the leading shops.
The traditional lacquer work, for which the Vietnamese are world famous, is a very important handicraft in that country. The officials explained to the Prince the methods of preparation and the intricate designs and figures that form part of the work.