• Short Summary

    THE ANNUAL MILITARY PARADE ON ROYAL LAOTIAN ARMY DAY TOOK ITS CUSTOMARY CEREMONIAL COURSE IN VIENTIANE ON MONDAY.

  • Description

    THE ANNUAL MILITARY PARADE ON ROYAL LAOTIAN ARMY DAY TOOK ITS CUSTOMARY CEREMONIAL COURSE IN VIENTIANE ON MONDAY. BUT A FIGHTING SPEECH BY THE PRIME MINISTER, PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA,-AND THE ABSENCE OF THE NORTH VIETNAMESE FROM THE AMBASSADOR'S STAND-WERE REMINDERS OF THE CRISIS SURROUNDING THE COUNTRY.

    KING SAVANG VATTHANA REVIEWED ABOUT 3,000 TROOPS IN THE PRESENCE OF THE DIPLOMATIC CORPS. LARGE CROWDS CAME TO WATCH THE PARADE, WHICH MARKED THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDING OF THE ROYAL LAOTIAN ARMY.

    PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA DELIVERED A SPEECH IN WHICH HE SAID NORTH VIETNAMESE OCCUPATION OF THE PLAIN OF JARS IN NORTHERN LAOS HAD PRODUCED A DANGEROUSLY TENSE SITUATION. NORTH VIETNAM, AS HE PUT IT, "CONTINUES ITS AGGRESSION WITH THE USE OF MORE THAN SIX DIVISIONS-OF WHICH IT CYNICALLY DENIES ANY KNOWLEDGE-WHILE IT RAGES ABOUT AND CONDEMNS THE ALLEGED PRESENCE OF FOREIGN TROOPS IN THE GOVERNMENT FORCES". HE ADDED THAT HIS GOVERNMENT WAS GIVING CAREFUL CONSIDERATION TO THE FIVE-POINT PLAN WHICH THE PATHET LAO HAD PUT FORWARD AS A BASIS FOR TALKS AT THE PRECEDING WEEKEND.

    THE PLAN-CALLING FOR ELECTIONS AND FOR A PROVISIONAL COALITION GOVERNMENT-WAS DISCUSSED YESTERDAY BY THE LAOTIAN CABINET. IT WILL BE SUBMITTED TO NATIONAL ASSEMBLY DELEGATES AND TO THE UPPER CHAMBER NEXT MONDAY.

    PRINCE SOUVANNA ALSO THANKED THOSE COUNTRIES WHO HAVE REACTED FAVOURABLY TO HIS EARLIER APPEAL FOR CONSULTATIONS AMONG THE POWERS WHO HAVE GUARANTEED HIS COUNTRY'S NEUTRALITY UNDER THE 1962 GENEVA AGREEMENT.

    (BRITAIN EXPRESSED ITSELF SYMPATHETIC, BUT RUSSIA CONTINUES TO BLOCK THIS PROPOSAL IN SPITE OF A NEW APPEAL FROM PRESIDENT NIXON).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAETE49P8G6XWZD59I0MJP96ARD
    Media URN:
    VLVAETE49P8G6XWZD59I0MJP96ARD
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    26/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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