DISCUSSION AT REDACTED JULY JCIA MEETING OF PRISONER-OF-WAR, WITHDRAWAL OF FORE

Created: 7/13/1974

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withdrawal of foreign troops. possible violations of the peace agreement and other issues

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J. VIENTIANE SIDE CHIEF ILAVSaFJ OPENED MEETING OF THE JOINT COMMISSION TO IMPLEMENT THE AGREEMENT <JCIA> BY PROPOSING FOUR POINTS FOR DISCUSSION: CEASE-FlRE MOBILEEQUEST BY ThE FRENCH MILITARY TRAINING MISSION FOR PERMISSION FOR PROFICIENCYCPS FOR THEIR PARACHUTISTS TO MAINTAIN THEIR PROFICIENCY, THE WITHDRAWAL OF FOREIGN TROOPS AND EXCHANGE OF PRISONERS-OF-UAR LaO PATRIOTIC FRONT (LPF) CHIEF DELEGATE S 0 THETRASY -ad NQ OBJECTION BUT WISHED TO ADD THE FACILITATION OF THE NEUTRALIZATION OF THE TWO CITIES. SOTH SAID WITH REGARD TO NEUTRALIZATION, WHILE THE VIENTIANE SIDE HAD FflRMED ITS PART OF THE PROTECTIVE MILITARY FORCE (PMF), IT CONSISTSe RATHE*3 TRCCP5 JN VIENTIANE. SOT- SAID EITHER THE SIZE

MUSTK TO0 OR THEILL HAVE TO SENDORE TROOPS EUA TO MATCH THE VIENTIANE SIDE'S NUMBER, SINCE THE VIENTIANE SIDE TROOPS ARE ALL AROUND THE CITY. THEF WANTS TO KNOW HOW MANY DEFENSE OR GUARD TROOPS THERE ARE AT EACH GARRISON IN AND ABOUND THE CITY, ALSO. SOTw SA'.Z, The VIENTIANE SIDE TROOPS IN ACCESS OP THE

igure cannot carry weapons, he again mentioned that theoyal lao air force guards at vientiane's military airport must be replacedoint police force (jpf), at soukan's reques" vientiane side delegateisounol respondedaying that the vientiane side's pmf strength in vientiane is now somewhat0 but is

COMMENT! THE

LESS Than THIS IS A TEMPORARY SITUATION AND THE NUMBER WILLEDUCED TO0 AUTHORIZED. 2. SOTh THEN MENTIONED THE DAY-LONG INCIDENT OF

9 JULY AT THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY.

INCIDENT INVOLVED ATTEMPTS SY CERTAIN ASSEMBLYMEN TO GETETITION PROTESTING THE PRESENCE OF NORTH VIETNAMESE TROOPS IN LAOS.) SOTH ACCUSED THE LAO ARMgQ FORCESF USING THE EPISODE AS A PRETEXT TQ ALERT FAR TROOPS AND

HAVING THEN *EAR RED ARMHOUT THEMF LETTERING, SO"hD THAT THE DEFENSE MINISTRY DOES NOT HAVE Th= RIGHT TO SEND ARMED TRCOPS IN AND AROUND VIENTIANESS THIS AREA IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF ThE JPF AND ThE PMF. LOUN REPLIED THAT DEFENSE MINISTER S I SASSAK DID ORDE* THESE TROgPS TO REMAIN IN THEIR CAMPS IN RESPONSE TO THE REQUEST OF PRIME MINISTER SOUVANNA PHOUMA THAT THE DEFENSE MINISTRY ENSURE THAT FAR TROOPS NOT SIGN THE PETITION. MOREOVER VIENTIANE SIDECOMMANDER GENERAL aTSAPHANgThONQ PATHAMMAVONG ORDERED ALL PMF TROOPSOMMAND TOT THEIR CAMPS IN A STATE OF READINESS WITH THEIR PMF ARM BANDS ON IN CASE' DURING COURSE OF THE DAV * THE JPF NEEDED THIER ASSISTANCE. TH[S DID NCT HAPPEN AND THE PMF TROOPS DID NOT LEAVE ThEJS CAMPS. THUS THE DS SEEN oY THE LPF HERE ARM BANDS WORN

S AUTHORIZED TO WEAR.

COMMENT I ThE ALEOT REMAINED IN EFFECT UNTIL THE AFTERNOON OF ULY AT WHICH TI ME [T WAS REDUCED TOIFTY PERCENT ON THE AFTERNOON OF 12 JULY GENIAL KOUPRaSITh ABHAY far DEPUTY COMMANDER IN CHIEF ISSUED ORDERS CANCELLING IT COMPLETELY. mOwEvER, ThE ADVENT OF ThE WEEKEND AND THE SLOWNESS OF MILITARY DISSEMINATION PROCEDURES had PREVENTED THE RECEPTION OF THE ORDER BY the VARIOUS OPERATING ELEMENTS OF FAR aS OF0 HOURS ON 12 JULY.)

3. ThE WORK OF THE CEASE-FIRE MOBILE TEAM inDISCUSSED. THERE ARE SOME DETAILS LEFTDECISION By TmE MOBILE Team AND THIS MAS LED DISAGREEMENTS ON THE SCENE. ON THE THREE STAKETO ATULY PLENARY SESSION.ISOVER TmE POINT LOCATED IN THE AREA OFI . NEW COMPROMISE POINT IS the NAMJUST BEvOND BAN XIENG LOm. FARPRESSING '0 HAVE THE LPF TROOPS WI"Hpsaw AMOTHER tWO MLOfUUKX m) UfeYONO BANKS OF THfc KlVER TROOPS are REFUSING. IT WaS DECIDED To LEAVE TO The MOBILE TEAM TO RESOLVE.

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ThEgnCADEM ICSINCE ONCE tmeIS ES-icUS-ED. I"l EE 0NLvM FROM LUANGOBS OF BOTH SIDES WILLMOVE OUT BEYOND THEmg THESE THREE POINTS ARE STAKED' THE JCIA DECIDED the MOBILE TEAM WILL MOVE TO BAN hoii SAI ANDO SAYABCURY. THE MOBILE TEAM AT PAKSE HAS SEEN INS'R'JCTED TO 2ECICE REMAINING OUES'lONS ON ThE ScEnE AND THEN TO MOVE NORTH TO SEDCnE, SAVANNaKhEt, AND

4. THE jcu DECIDED THAT THE FRENCH MILITARY TRAINING MISSION may AL-O* "HE IP PARACHUTISTS TO MAKE PROFICIENT TRAINING NORTHEAST OF VIENTIANE. HOnEVE*. ThE TWO

Chiefsien";an= neutralization subcommittee must be

N SCHEDULING AND THE TYPE OF PLANE TOUSED SO THAT Tug FRENCH WjLL NOT BE MISTAKEN FOR SOME OTHER FORCE.

5- WITHDRAWAL OF FOREIGN TROOPS MAS DISCUSSES. THE MILITARY MJTTEE HAD A DOCUMENT WHICH THEY COULD AGREE EXCEPT FOR THE WORDING "AMERICAN AND THAI TROOPS" WHICH THE LPF ST ILL INSISTED REMAIN AND THE VIENTIANE SIDE INSISTED mlST BE REMOVED. THE PARTICIPANTS COULD NOT AGREE. This DOCUMENT WITH ALTERNATE HORDING HAS To BE SENT TO CM-E -IMSTER CHAIRMAN OF 'ME JOINT NATIONAL POLITICAL COUNCIL PRINCE SOUPHANOUVONG

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wIT-ERAWAL OF FOREIGN troops and 0r CEiSE-Fl^E AGREEMENT and steps tc BE TAKEN. the vientiane SIDE URGED CALLING INONTROL COMMISSION (ICO OBSERVERSly, ThE lpf OBJECTED SAYlvG TmERE SHOULD BE PROOF QF VIOLATION FIRST, OTHERWISE the* wtLL BE RUSHING AROUND laos CHASING AFTER RUMORS. the VIENTIANE SIDE MAINTAINED INVESTIGATION may well ECESSARY TO PROVIDE PROOF AND that the ICC SHOULD BE INVOLVED. no DECISION UAS MADE an'o ThE MATTES COME L'P forDISCUSSION. soth SAID theHIEF DELEGATES MUST DISCUSS ISSUE and if they CANNOT agreeissue SHOULDecided between the PRIME MINISTER AND DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER P M I VONuViCHlT,

paper on exchange of pows drawn uphesubcommittee has signed the afternoonuly,

IcOmment :

hong vcngsay legal advisor to the

PRIME MiNISTE- kAS INTRODUCED as *H= MEh VIENTIANE SIDE DEPUTv CHIEF jELEGaTE REPLACING MINISTER Cf jus7 I SOUVANLASY.

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