Mr. Gromyko, the Soviet Foreign Minister, outlined a 13-point Russian peace plan at the Geneva?
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Background: Mr. Gromyko, the Soviet Foreign Minister, outlined a 13-point Russian peace plan at the Geneva talks on Laos, May 17. It embraced neutrality, the withdrawal of foreign forces from Laotian territory within 30 days of signing a full agreement, and measures to eliminate threats of violence in Laos.
Western statesmen were guarded in their welcome - but the official British spokesman admitted the plan "appears to contain some constructive elements." Main doubts concerned the pold question of a Soviet veto.
Delegates, said reports, were impressed by Mr. Gromyko's performance... it was in complete contrast to the bitter attacks by Marshal Chan Yi (Chinese People's Republic) on United States policy in South-East Asia.
May 17, the talks were still boycotted by the right-wing Laotian Government representatives. They refuse to take part because they will not sit on equal terms with the Pathet Lao and the neutralists.