In Bangkok Jan 4, the SEATO Council held a second meeting to discuss the latest developments in Laos.
MS SEATO HQ, building.
MLS UK Ambassador entering building
CU Pakistan ambassador.
MLS Philippine ambassador in building
MCU French military representative entering building.
MS Thai representative entering conference room.
MS USA representative entering conference room.
MLS PAN..representatives at conference table.
MS Representative at table.
MLS Conference room.
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Background: In Bangkok Jan 4, the SEATO Council held a second meeting to discuss the latest developments in Laos.
Attending the meeting were representatives of the Eight Member Nations - Australia, France, New Zealand, Philippines, Pakistan, Thailand, the United Kingdom and United States.
The meeting, behind closed doors, was the second since the new offensive launched by the combined forces of pro-Communist Pathet Lao and the paratroopers of Captain Kong Lae had captured key centres in central and northern Laos.
They met to discuss reports of intervention by the north Vietnamese troops, and evidence of Russian airlift of arms ammunition to the rebel forces.
After the meeting, Secretary-General Pote (pronounced Poat) Sarasin told newsmen that a political, rather than military, solution had to be found for the Laotian crisis.
Reports from Vientiane, Laos, Jan 9 say that two Government delegates have flown to Cambodia to ask ex-Premier Prince Souvanna Phouma either to join Prince Boun Oum's Government, or refrain from forming a Government-in-exile. He is expected to refuse both requests.