• Short Summary

    AS THE LAOTIAN POLITICAL SITUATION REMAINS UNSETTLED, SCATTERED NEUTRALIST FORCES IN THE PLAIN OF JARS, IN CENTRAL LAOS, ARE REGROUPING THEMSELVES IN AN ATTEMPT TO PUSH BACK THE PRO-COMMUNIST PATHET LAO FORCES ACROSS THE CEASEFIRE LINE.

  • Description

    AS THE LAOTIAN POLITICAL SITUATION REMAINS UNSETTLED, SCATTERED NEUTRALIST FORCES IN THE PLAIN OF JARS, IN CENTRAL LAOS, ARE REGROUPING THEMSELVES IN AN ATTEMPT TO PUSH BACK THE PRO-COMMUNIST PATHET LAO FORCES ACROSS THE CEASEFIRE LINE.

    NEUTRALIST FORCES, WHO LEFT THA THOM. 130 MILES NORTH-EAST OF VIENTIANE, THE ADMINISTRATIVE CAPITAL OF LAOS, HAVE NOW SETTLED IN BORIKHANE, A RIGHTWING-HELD TOWN ON THE BANK OF THE MEKONG RIVER OPPOSITE THAILAND.

    THESE FORCES, NUMBERING ABOUT 1,000-STRONG HAVE DUG SEVERAL DEFENSIVE POSITIONS IN CASE PATHET LAO FORCES SHOULD ATTACK THEM. IN A NEARBY MOUNTAIN ARE SOME 60,000 MEO TRIBESMEN WHO HAVE BEEN FIGHTING GUERILLA BATTLES AGAINST THE PATHET LAO FOR SOME YEARS. THESE TRIBESMEN FIGHT LIKE AMERICAN RED INDIANS.

    NORTH ON THE PLAIN OF JARS, NEUTRALIST TROOPS SUPPORTED BY TANKS HAVE STRUNG UP A DEFENCE LINE IN A NARROW THREE-MILE STRIP FRINGED BY HILLS HALFWAY BETWEEN MUONGKHUENG AND MUONGSOUT. THE NEUTRALISTS RE-TOOK MUONGKHEUNG, A FORMER BASE OF THEIR ARMOURED REGIMENT, IN A FIERCE BATTLE RECENTLY.

    MEANWHILE, LAOTIAN PEACE TALKS PROPOSALS PILED UP WITHOUT DEFINITE ASSURANCE THAT ANY WOULD ACTUALLY GET UNDERWAY. THE UNITED STATES, FRANCE, THAILAND AND SOUTH VIETNAM HAVE AGREED TO ATTEND CONSULTATIONS CALLED BY BRITAIN TO DISCUSS THE DETERIORATING CRISIS.

    PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, THE NEUTRALIST PREMIER, SENT A NOTE TO HIS HALF-BROTHER, PRINCE SOUPHANOUVONG, LEADER OF THE PRO-COMMUNIST PATHET LAO, ASKING HIM TO NAME THE PLACE AND DATE FOR A TRIPARTITE SUMMIT MEETING. PRINCE SOUPHANOUVONG PROPOSED THE SUMMIT MEETING LAST WEDNESDAY (MAY 27).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVABI356145J6WZPEO2U8EVXQJQN
    Media URN:
    VLVABI356145J6WZPEO2U8EVXQJQN
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/05/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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