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    FIGHTING IN STRIFE-TORN LAOS HAS REACHED CRISIS POINT.THE LAOTIAN NEUTRALISTS' LAST STRONGHOLD AT PHONGSAVAN IN?

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    FIGHTING IN STRIFE-TORN LAOS HAS REACHED CRISIS POINT.THE LAOTIAN NEUTRALISTS' LAST STRONGHOLD AT PHONGSAVAN IN THE PLAIN OF JARS IS UNDER HEAVY MORTAR FIRE FROM PATHET LAO AND DISSIDENT NEUTRALIST FORCES.

    ON SUNDAY, PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, LAOTIAN NEUTRALIST PRIME MINISTER, AND HIS HALF-BROTHER PRINCE SOUPHANOUVONG, VICE PRIME MINISTERS AND LEADER OF THE PATHET LAO, FLEW TO THE PLAIN OF JARS IN A BID TO HALT THE FIGHTING.

    THEY WERE ACCOMPANIED BY THREE MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONTROL COMMISSION FOR LAOS FROM INDIA, CANADA AND POLAND, AND BY THE AMBASSADORS OF BRITAIN AND RUSSIA, CO-CHAIRMAN OF THE 14-NATION CONFERENCE ON LAOS.

    GENERAL KONG LAE, LEADER OF THE NEUTRALIST FORCES, MET THEM AT KANKHAI AIRPORT.ALSO PRESENT WAS COLONEL DEUANE, LEADER OF THE DISSIDENT NEUTRALIST FORCES.LATER, THE PARTY CONFERRED AT A VILLA IN PHONGSAVAN, AND AGREED TO A TEMPORARY CEASEFIRE PENDING PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA'S NEST VISIT TO THE AREA WITHIN A FEW DAYS TO "ARRANGE A DEFINITE SETTLEMENT".

    HOWEVER, RENEWED FIGHTING BROKE OUT AGAIN WITHIN A FEW HOURS OF THE CEASEFIRE PLEDGE.MEANWHILE, REPORTS INDICATE THAT GENERAL KONG LAE'S LAST POSITIONS IN THE FIGHTING ZONE MAY SOON BE OVER-RUN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADEJAI8RF9SXPAKE6R5B2VR63T
    Media URN:
    VLVADEJAI8RF9SXPAKE6R5B2VR63T
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/04/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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