• Short Summary

    The first prisoner of war exchange since the ending of the Laotian civil war earlier this year was completed on Thursday (19 september).

  • Description

    The first prisoner of war exchange since the ending of the Laotian civil war earlier this year was completed on Thursday (19 september).

    The Vientiane side, which used to form the generally recognised government of Laos, handed over 1973 North Vietnamese soldiers to its partners in the new coalition Government, the pro-communist Pathet Lao. The prisoners were flown form Vientiane airport to Phonsavanh airfield, just east of the strategic Plain of Jars; seven Pathet Lao soldiers were also handed over.

    The Pathet Lao, who bitterly contested the rule of the old Vientiane Government for more than 15 years, handed over 150 Thai volunteers and 20 Laotian soldiers.

    There will be a further exchange of prisoners in a week's time, but seasoned observers in Laos see this development as only a small step forward. Their causation is based on the experiences of Vietnam, where war continues despite prisoner exchanges.

    Further to this Vietiane maintains that there is still a sizeable force of North Vietnamese troops stationed in Laps, although North Vietnam has refused to recognise the released prisoners as North Vietnamese citizens.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAOTZDNHEAMQL4FJJ1BV3AAVAN
    Media URN:
    VLVAOTZDNHEAMQL4FJJ1BV3AAVAN
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/09/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:32:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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