Mr. Nehru, the Indian Prime Minister, just back in New Delhi from the British Commonwealth?
Mr. Nehru, the Indian Prime Minister, just back in New Delhi from the British Commonwealth Prime Ministers' Conference in London, had two important callers on Mar 22 - Avorell Harriman, the United States "roving ambassador", and Prince Souvana Phouma of Laos.
While waiting to see the Indian statesman, Mr. Harriman chatted to the Indian Commonwealth Secretary (Mr. Gundevia) and read a newspaper. Then Mr. Harriman delivered a special message from President Kennedy to Mr. Nehru; and the two men discussed the international situation- especially events in the Congo Republic and Laos. They met again the following day to discuss the mounting tension over Laos ... and Mr. Harriman delayed his planned departure for Washington. U.S. Embassy officials said he was arranging "more appointments", but did not say with whom.
Later, the Prince lunched with Mr. Nehru; and they discussed (among other matters) the possibility of reconvening the international control commission for Laos in New Delhi. According to a spokesman for the Prince, however, their exchanges on this score were inconclusive.
It was revealed, Mar 23 that the Prince had a private meeting with Mr. Harriman the previous night. The American envoy said he had no instructions to negotiate with the neutralist Laotian leader "but merely to find out what is in his mind".