• Short Summary

    THE PROPOSED AMERICAN-NORTH VIETNAM PEACE TALKS WILL NOT GET UNDER WAY UNTIL BOTH SIDES AGREE TO A CONFERENCE SITE ACCEPTABLE TO THEM.

  • Description

    THE PROPOSED AMERICAN-NORTH VIETNAM PEACE TALKS WILL NOT GET UNDER WAY UNTIL BOTH SIDES AGREE TO A CONFERENCE SITE ACCEPTABLE TO THEM. TO DATE THERE HAS BEEN NO INDICATION THAT EITHER WASHINGTON OR HANOI HAVE REACHED AGREEMENT ON THIS. ONE PRIME CANDIDATE FOR THE SITE IS VIENTIANE, CAPITAL OF LAOS.

    LAOS, ONCE PART OF FRENCH INDO-CHINA, BECAME INDEPENDENT AFTER THE FRENCH SPLIT UP ITS OLD EMPIRE INTO CAMBODIA, VIETNAM AND LAOS. VIENTIANE, WITH A POPULATION OF ABOUT 175,000, LIES ON THE FAST FLOWING WATERS OF THE MEKONG RIVER. THE TOWN IS FLIMSILY BUILT, MAINLY OF WOOD IN THE OLD ASIAN STYLE, AND IS SET IN A THICKLY WOODED REGION.

    LAOS HAS TOTTERED ON THE BORDERS OF CHAOS BUT UNLIKE NEIGHBOURING VIETNAM, HAS MANAGED TO STAY CLEAR OF ABSOLUTE WAR. HOWEVER, THE COUNTRY HAS BEEN SCENE OF A STRANGE "ON AND OFF" CONFLICT BETWEEN THE GOVERNMENT FORCES, LED BY PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, AND THE COMMUNIST PATHET LAO FORCES. THE HO CHI-MINH TRAIL, DOWN WHICH COMMUNIST SUPPLIES FROM NORTH VIETNAM ARE CHANNELLED, RUNS THROUGH LAOS AND HAS BEEN SUBJECTED TO NUMEROUS AMERICAN PROTESTS.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA9UB23FUZ7XW5LMVGRIJAODKK3
    Media URN:
    VLVA9UB23FUZ7XW5LMVGRIJAODKK3
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/04/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:08:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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