• Short Summary

    THE AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR TO LAOS, MR. MALCOLM MORRIS ACTING ON BEHALF OF HIS GOVERNMENT, PRESENTED?

  • Description

    THE AUSTRALIAN AMBASSADOR TO LAOS, MR. MALCOLM MORRIS ACTING ON BEHALF OF HIS GOVERNMENT, PRESENTED FOUR THOUSAND FIVE HUNDRED SPADES, AXES AND HOES TO THE VILLAGERS OF MUONG PHANH, ON THE PLAIN OF JARS, CENTRAL LAOS ON MAY 7.

    THE AMBASSADOR, ACCOMPANIED BY THE LAOTIAN DIRECTOR OF RURAL AFFAIRS, WAS NET AT THE AIRPORT BY GENERAL KONG LE, NEUTRALIST COMMANDER. GENERAL KONG LE BRIEFED MR. MORRIS ON THE LATEST SITUATION ON THE PLAIN OF JARS WHERE NEUTRALIST AND RIGHTIST FORCES ARE FACING THE PATHET LAO.

    THE PRESENTATION CEREMONY TOOK PLACE IN A VILLAGE ONLY FIVE MILES FROM PATHET LAO POSITIONS. THE GIFT WAS PART OF AUSTRALIA'S COLOMBO PLAN AID TO LAOS. BEFORE THE TOOLS WERE PRESENTED, THE AMBASSADOR ATTENDED A BACC; CEREMONY GIVEN BY THE VILLAGERS IN APPRECIATION FOR THE GIFT. IT INCLUDED A RITUAL OF WELCOME AT WHICH A YELLOW-COLOURED CORD WAS TIED ROUND THE AMBASSADOR'S RIGHT WRIST TO DRIVE AWAY EVIL SPIRITS.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA9PY0Y2G49DIDSMQBHBVOBQL1L
    Media URN:
    VLVA9PY0Y2G49DIDSMQBHBVOBQL1L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/05/1946
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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