• Short Summary

    ARGUMENT AND ARMED CONFLICT IN LAOS OFFICIALLY CAME TO AN END JUNE 12 WHEN THE THREE LAOTIAN PRINCES, LEFT-WING, RIGHT-WING, AND NEUTRALIST, SIGNED A FORMAL AGREEMENT AT A MEETING ON THE PLAIN OF JARS IN CENTRAL LAOS SETTING UP A COALITION GOVERNMENT.

  • Description

    ARGUMENT AND ARMED CONFLICT IN LAOS OFFICIALLY CAME TO AN END JUNE 12 WHEN THE THREE LAOTIAN PRINCES, LEFT-WING, RIGHT-WING, AND NEUTRALIST, SIGNED A FORMAL AGREEMENT AT A MEETING ON THE PLAIN OF JARS IN CENTRAL LAOS SETTING UP A COALITION GOVERNMENT. AND AS THE THREE MEN RAISED THEIR GLASSES OF CHAMPAGNE IN A TOAST TO THE COALITION HOPE WAS BEGINNING TO RETURN TO THE HUNDREDS OF LAOTIAN REFUGEES LIVING IN VILLAGES IN THAILAND, JUST ACROSS THE SWIFT-FLOWING MEKONG RIVER THAT DIVIDES THE TWO COUNTRIES.

    THE LAOTIAN REFUGEES CAN NOW LEAVE VILLAGES LIKE CHIENG KONG IN THAILAND'S NORTH EASTERN TERRITORY, CROSS THE MEKONG AND START THEIR LIVES AGAIN IN THE LAOTIAN VILLAGE OF BAN HOUEI SAI. BUT UNTIL THE OFFICIAL WORD REACHES THEM - THEY ARE BEING CARED FOR BY THE THAI GOVERNMENT WITH FOOD AND MEDICAL SUPPLIES - THE HOSPITAL SET UP IN THEIR OWN VILLAGE BY THE TOM DOOLEY FOUNDATION REMAINS EMPTY OF PATIENTS.

    HOWEVER, THE TWO AMERICANS WHO CONTINUE TO RUN THE HOSPITAL - WITH ITS AVOWED AIM OF TEACHING LAOTIANS HOW TO LOOK AFTER THEMSELVES - MAKE READY FOR THE DAY THEY CAN START WORK AGAIN. DR WEIDERMANN AND HIS ASSISTANT, MR AL HARRIS, KEEP THE DOOR OPEN, AS IT IS IN ALL THE HOSPITALS SET UP IN UNDERDEVELOPED COUNTRIES IN MEMORY OF THE AMERICAN DOCTOR WHO DIED AT THE AGE OF 34 FROM CANCER CONTRACTED HEALING THE SICK IN LAOS.

    RUSSIA, AMERICAN AND CHINA HAVE ALL CONGRATULATED THE LAOTIANS ON THE SUCCESS OF THEIR EFFORTS, AND EXPRESSED HOPES FOR THE FUTURE PEACE AND NEUTRALITY OF LAOS. BUT SENIOR U.S. OFFICIALS IN WASHINGTON SAID THE 4,800 AMERICAN TROOPS IN THAILAND WOULD REMAIN THERE FOR THE TIME BEING, AS IT WAS FEARED THAT THE NEW GOVERNMENT IN LAOS MIGHT BE TOO WEAK AT THE BEGINNING TO STEM THE FLOW OF COMMUNIST INFILTRATORS FROM NORTH VIETNAM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7VI6P3DAJGUPBBHJE64LNEJ54
    Media URN:
    VLVA7VI6P3DAJGUPBBHJE64LNEJ54
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/06/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:29:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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