1. DECISION OF SOUVANNA PHOUMA NOT TO CONVENE A CABINET MEETING IN LUANG PRABA

Created: 4/18/1975

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THISN INFORMATION REPORT, NOT FINALLY EVALUATED INTELLIGENCE

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a CABINET MEETING INABANG AND INSTRUCTED MEMBERS OF HIS STAFF SO TO INFORM MEMBERS OF1 THE- CABf-NET. SOUVfNNA PLANS TO REMAIN- IN LUANG PRAB-aNg UNTILD OF APRIL tt* EARLY MAY AND DOES Nor PLAN TOABINET MEETING UA'TfL Mg RETURNS TO VIENTIANE.

2, IN DISCUSSION MffH SOME MEMBERS OF HIS

GARDING ThE KECfeNT CfcASEVIOLATIONS SY LAO ARMED FORCESPATHEf LAO (PL) TROOPS, SOUVANNA SAID THATFORCES HAD ATTACKED PL FORCES IN ThE DAN SOUNG-NANYanGTHAT JOINT NATIONAL POLITICAL COUNCIL (JNPOAD DESCRIBED THE PL ATTACK ONAT SALA PHOU KMOUN AS RETALIATION FOR THE FAR ATTACKSSOUNG, SOUVANNA SAID fMAT he HAD ASKED SOUPHANOUVONG TOPL ATTACKS* ADDING THAT he -OULD. IN TURN* STOP FURTHER SQUPHANOWVONB. ACCORDING TO SOUVANNA* SAID THAT HE GUARANTEE,

4, ohAPRIL,. ETTER TO SECRETARY OF S'.TE FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS TjAfcGTHONE CHAnTARASY, LAO AHBASSADOR To. i KHAMPHAN PA ny A INFORMED THE VIENTIANE SIDE COORDINATING

coHMime tvscci thatrivate -eeting with the kin? on the

PREVIOUS DAY. THE KING INDICATED THAT ONPRIL HE HAD DISCUSSED HITH THEE MINISTER THE LATTGR's REQUESTOUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETINOELD TO DELIBERATE POSSIBLE PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT OF NATIONALN (PGNU) RECONITION OF THE PROVISIONAL REVOLUTIONARY GOVERNMENT (PRC) OF SOUTH VIETNAM AND THE ROYAL GOVERNMENT OF NaT]ONAL UNION (GRUNK) of CAMBODIA. ACCORDING TQ KHAHPHAN, THE KING SAID THAT HE HAD REFUSED SOUVANNA'S REQUEST AND INSTRUCTED THE PRIME MINISTER TO ADHEREOLICY OF strict NEUTRALITY'BASED ON42 ACCORDS. THE KING. KHAMPHAN SAID. CITED HIS HAVING INSTRUCTED SOUVANNA to REMAIN FIRM IN HIS POLICY TO EXTEND RECOGNITION ONLY TO THOSEOCCUPYING the capital ciTY AND IN CONTROL OF THE POPULATION AND LAND CLEARLY DkFlNED BY INTERNATIONALLY RECOGNIZED BORDERS. REGARDING SOUTH VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA. KHAMPHAN SAID. THE king SPECIFICALLYSOUVANNa NOT TO RECOGNIZE THE PRG OR GRUNK UNTIL THESEMOVEMENTS ACTUALLY OCCUPIED SAIGON AND PHNO** ON PGNU WITHTNAN AND CAMBODIA. KHAMPHAN WROTE THAT THE KING HAD

instructed souvanna not to close the lao embassies in sajgon and phnom penh nor reduce the representations of those governments in

vientiane* according to khaphan. the king reiterated his intention

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not to alter lao relations with south vietnam and ca ma cd ii until insurgent forces pkysically occupied the capital cities.

me nt i even though souvanna did not conveneof the cabinet or the vientiane side during new yearin luang prabang. he did inform cabinet members fromthat the king had declined to convene the council ofthe festivities, souvanna deliberately avoidedof politics.)

also told the vscc in his letter that the king

hao agreed with souvanna on the dissolution of the national assembly (na) and that onpril the king hadoyal decreedissolving it, in signing the decree* the king insisted that the pgnu respect articlef the constitution byew na, but, according to khamphan, the king made clear his preference that the tho sides in the pgnu reach agreement on the creationew

legislative body separate and distinct from the jnpc. ThE king. khamphan said* recoginues the shortcomings of the jnpc believing

THAT TO CHANGE THE JNPCEGISLATIVE BODY WOULD VIOLATEAGREEMENT AND PROTOCOL AS WELL AS THE CONSTITUTIONKING TOLD SOUVANNA THAT THE JNPC HAS ITS ROLE ANDAS DEFINED BY THE CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT AND PROTOCOL BUTARE DIFFERENT FROM THEWN ROLE ANDAS DEFINED BY THE CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT AND PROTOCOL BUTARE DIFFERENT FROM THEOWN ROLE ANDTO KHAHPHAN. SOUVANNA ACCEPTED THE KING'S POSITIONSLAO RELATIONS WITH SOUTH VIETNAM AND CAMBODIA AND ON THE.

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