• Short Summary

    As delegates to the 14-nations Geneva talks on Laos were discussing the problem of Laotian representation at the conference, the three factions in Laos met at Ban Nam Mone (North of Vientiane) May 14.

  • Description

    1.
    LS Helicopter with Commission team arriving at village (2 shots)
    0.09

    2.
    MLS Villagers looking on
    0.12

    3.
    MS Sen and Col. Ketsena going to meeting place
    0.18

    4.
    MLS/PAN Crowd to delegates to hut
    0.22

    5.
    MS Delegates (2 shots)
    0.29

    6.
    MS Ponsavan (extreme right) receiving Sen and others
    0.39

    7.
    MLS Crowd outside conference hut
    0.43

    8.
    LS/PAN Neutralist side to Pathet Lao to Commission (foreground Government side)
    0.52

    9.
    MS Delegates
    0.54

    10.
    MLS Ponsavan speaking
    1.02

    11.
    MS Gen. Sing of Government side (middle with spectacles) & others
    1.07

    12.
    LS Pathet Lao side, Nouhak speaking
    1.13

    13.
    MS Commission delegates
    1.18

    14.
    MLS MS. Government side Gen. Sing speaking (2 shots)
    1.23

    15.
    PAN Commission to neutral side
    1.32

    16.
    LS Exterior of hut
    1.40



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    Background: As delegates to the 14-nations Geneva talks on Laos were discussing the problem of Laotian representation at the conference, the three factions in Laos met at Ban Nam Mone (North of Vientiane) May 14. They discussed, in the presence of the International Control Commission the formation of a coalition Government, political and military matters.

    The commission team headed by Samar Sen (India) flew by helicopter to Ban Nam Mone village in rebel-held territory. They were met by Col. Ketsena, one of Kong Le's officers, and hero of Nam Cadinh and Vientiane battles. Col. Ketsena was with the neutralist delegation.

    Before going to the hut where the discussions were held, there were more greetings among members of all three delegation. Many of them knew each other personally - some fought together in the Royal Army, though they now have different views. The atmosphere was friendly, and people of the village also joined in the welcome. They were outside they hut as the delegations put forward their views during the conference.

    The leader of the neutralist delegation was Peng Ponsavan, while Nouhak led the Communist-backed Pathet Lao side, and Gen. Sing Retnasamai the right wing Laotian Government side. During the discussions, Ponsavan said his delegation's proposal were: strict compliance with the cease fire; the establishment of an interim coalition; general elections to the National Assembly; drafting terms of armistice; guarantees for peace and the neutrality of Laos; and an extension of democratic freedoms.

    Though no major decisions were reached at the meeting, it provided the first direct political contact among all three groups.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAWWXDLRH0O2OXVI717CVX619N
    Media URN:
    VLVAWWXDLRH0O2OXVI717CVX619N
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    18/05/1961
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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