• Short Summary

    AFTER LENGTHY NEGOTIATIONS, THE THREE PRINCES WHO HEAD THE POLITICAL FACTIONS IN LAOS MET IN VIENTIANE, DECEMBER 27TH BUT NOT FOR LONG.

  • Description

    AFTER LENGTHY NEGOTIATIONS, THE THREE PRINCES WHO HEAD THE POLITICAL FACTIONS IN LAOS MET IN VIENTIANE, DECEMBER 27TH BUT NOT FOR LONG.

    HALF AN HOUR AFTER THE TALKS BEGAN, THE PRO-WESTERN PREMIER, BOUN OUM, WALKED OUT SAYING THAT THE MEETING WAS NOT NECESSARY AND IN HIS VIEW THERE WAS NOTHING TO DISCUSS.

    TWO DAYS LATER THE TALKS - WHICH ARE INTENDED TO SETTLE THE DEADLOCK OMERSSE OVER THE FUTURE OF CIVIL WAR TORN LAOS - BEGAN AGAIN. BUT ONCE AGAIN THEY FAILED AND ON DECEMBER 29TH THE LEFT-WING PRINCE SOUPHANOUVONG LEFT FOR HOME. HIS HALF BROTHER, NEUTRALIST PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, LEFT SOON AFTER SAYING HE WAS WILLING TO RETURN IF IT WAS DECIDED TO HOLD FRESH TALKS.

    EARLIER THE THREE PRINCES BROUGHT DETACHMENTS OF TROOPS TO VIENTIANE AS SECURITY. OUTSIDE THE CAM WHERE THE NEUTRALIST AND PATHET-LAO DELEGATIONS WERE BASED, SENTRIES REPRESENTING ALL THREE FACTIONS STOOD GUARD. AMONG THE LEFTIST PATHET LAO DELEGATIONS WERE MANY SOLDIERS WITH LONG BEARDS AND HAIR, WHO HAVE VOWED NOT TO CUT THEM UNTIL LAOS ACHIEVES PEACE.

    MANY FAMILIES OF VISITING TROOPS HAD BEEN SEPARATED FOR TWELVE MONTHS. WIVES TOOK THEIR CHILDREN TO THE ENTRANCE OF THE HEADQUARTERS IN THE HOPE OF ONCE AGAIN CATCHING A GLIMPSE OF THEIR HUSBANDS.

    THE CONFERENCE SESSIONS WERE HELD IN THE HOME OF PRIME MINISTER BOUN OUM.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACQ07A9M9ZXITC9ZWQ7UZUD897
    Media URN:
    VLVACQ07A9M9ZXITC9ZWQ7UZUD897
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/12/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:33:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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