• Short Summary

    THIS FILM SHOWS THE MAJOR POLITICAL FIGURES IN LAOS INVOLVED IN THE PRESENT CRISIS:
    PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, NEUTRALIST PRIME MINISTER
    PRINCE SOUPHANOUVONG, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND LEADER OF THE PRO-COMMUNIST PATHET LAO; AND HALF BROTHER TO PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA.

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    Background: THIS FILM SHOWS THE MAJOR POLITICAL FIGURES IN LAOS INVOLVED IN THE PRESENT CRISIS:
    PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, NEUTRALIST PRIME MINISTER
    PRINCE SOUPHANOUVONG, DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER AND LEADER OF THE PRO-COMMUNIST PATHET LAO; AND HALF BROTHER TO PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA.

    GENERAL PHOUMI NOSAVAN, DEFENCE MINISTER AND LEADER OF THE RIGHTWING FACTION.

    MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONTROL COMMISSION FOR LAOS, SET UP UNDER THE GENEVA AGREEMENT OF 1962.

    EARLY ON SUNDAY MORNING, APRIL 19, RIGHTWING ARMY FORCES IN VIENTIANE STAGED A COUP WHICH OVERTHREW THE NEUTRALIST GOVERNMENT OF PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA, SET UP 22 MONTHS AGO FOLLOWING AN AGREEMENT IN GENEVA WHICH NEUTRALISED LAOS.

    THE COUP WAS SPARKED OFF BY THE FAILURE OF TALKS HELD ON THE PLAINE DES JARRES, IN NORTH-EAST LAOS, WHICH TRIED TO SOLVE DIFFERENCES THAT HAD ARISEN AMONG THE RIGHTWING, LEFTWING, AND NEUTRAL ELEMENTS THAT FORM THE GOVERNMENT IN LAOS.

    THE PLAINE DES JARRES IS TERRITORY HELD JOINTLY BY THE PATHET LAO (WHICH CONTROLS MOST OF THE AREA), AND THE NEUTRAL FORCES UNDER GENERAL KONG LE.

    JUST BEFORE THE WEEKEND, PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA AND HIS DEFENCE MINISTER, GENERAL PHOUMI NOSAVAN, FLEW TO THE PLAINE DES JARRES WITH MEMBERS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONTROL COMMISSION. THEY WERE MET BY PRINCE SOUPHANOUVONG AND GENERAL KONG LE.

    AFTER A NEWS CONFERENCE, THE POLITICAL LEADERS MOVED INTO A CLOSELY-GUARDED AREA IN WHICH STANDS THE BUILDING USED FOR THE MANY CONFERENCES THERE HAVE BEEN IN AN EFFORT TO SOLVE THE LAOTIAN CRISIS. NEWSMEN WERE NOT ALLOWED TO FOLLOW THEM.

    THE CONFERENCE ENDED IN FAILURE, AND PRINCE SOUVANNA PHOUMA SAID AT NEWS CONFERENCE AFTERWARDS THAT HE INTENDED TO RESIGN AS PRIME MINISTER. INSTEAD, HE WAS DEPOSED BY THE COUP OF ARMY OFFICERS IN VIENTIANE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEJ3TLBL2QLLFO21LU8SH5I0M8
    Media URN:
    VLVAEJ3TLBL2QLLFO21LU8SH5I0M8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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