• Short Summary

    The first prisoner of war exchange since the end of the Laotian civil war earlier this year was completed without incident on Thursday (September 19th) just east of the strategic Plain of Jars.

  • Description

    The first prisoner of war exchange since the end of the Laotian civil war earlier this year was completed without incident on Thursday (September 19th) just east of the strategic Plain of Jars.

    At Phonsavanh airfield, representatives of the International Control Commission and the Laotian Joint Peace Committee watched as the exchange was accomplished in 65 minutes.

    The Vientiane side, which used to form the generally recognised government of Laos, handed over 173 North Vietnamese soldiers to its partners in the new coalition government, the ???ro-communist ???athot Lao.

    The ???athot Lao, who contested the rule of the old Vientiano governments for more than ??? years, in turn handed over 150 Thai volunteers and 20 Laoti??? soldiers.

    The only incident was when the aircraft being used to transport POWs became stuck in ???bomb crater on the airstrip. With the help of soldier, ???s and ???ssian tank, it was eventually freed. The airstrip, held by the ??? Lao, was the scene of bitter fighting during the civil war.

    After the handing over ceremonies, the Thai volunteers were flown to Namphong air base in Thailand, the 20 Enotians to a training centre closer to Visntiane while the North Vietnamese and ???athet Lao left for an undisclosed destination.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVACWIE2M3O519W5RSB6GIBAC0MV
    Media URN:
    VLVACWIE2M3O519W5RSB6GIBAC0MV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/09/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:07:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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