DISCUSSION OF NEW POW EXCHANGE DOCUMENT AT REDACTED AUGUST 1974 MEETING OF VIEN

Created: 8/29/1974

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SUBJECT DISCUSSION OF NEW POW! EXCHANGE DOCUMENT AT

1. ON4 THE VIENTIANE SIOE DELEGATION OF THE JOINT COMMISSION TO IMPLEMENT THE AGREEMENT (jcia) 1 MET TOP THEUGUST JCIA PLENARY SESSION, THE IMAIN ITEM ON THE AGENDA HAS THE DOCUMENT FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION 'OF PRISONER Of hah (POW) EXCHANGE DRAWN UP DURING THE PAST WEEK BY LAO PATRIOTIC; FRONT (LPF)" !'T" THIENGTHAM AND VIENTIANE SIDEISOUNOL.

POINTS OF PON EXCHANGE ARE TO BE PAK

| OUN THE NORTHi THE PLAIN OF JARS IN THEPOINT TO BE FIXED ONND ANOTHER ON.

EXCHANGE;AT PAK OU.ND ^OUTE 23 1

: HILLNE TIME EXCHANGE. THERE WILL BE MULTIPLE

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EXCHANGES IN THE PLAIN OF JARS IF NEEDED.

LISTS OF NAMES OF PONS TO BE EXCHANGED

; MILL BE PASSED BY, EACH SIDE TO THE OTHER SIDEOURS BEFORE EACH EXCHANGE, AFTER ANY EXCHANGE* IF EITHER SIDE AS MORE PRISONERS READY TO EXCHANGE. IT MAY CONTINUE TO

J TURN OVER LISTS OF, .

EACH EXCHANGE* THE CHIEF OF THE EXCHANGE EACH SIDE AT EACH EXCHANGE POINT HILL,CHECK OFFBY NAME AS HE IS TURNED OVER TO THE OTHER SIDE AND

THE CHIEF OF THE' RECEIVING EXCHANGE TEAM WILL CHECK OFF'

BACH PRISONER BY NAME AS HE IS RECEIVED. T OF LAO ' j

PRISONERS FROM EACH SIDE IS TO BE TURNED OVER

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EACH LIST OF FOREIGN PRISONERS IS TO BE TURNED OVER TO THE

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, JCIA AND THE INTERNATIONAL CONTROL COMMISSION (ICC). ICC

REPRESENTATIVES ARE TORESENT FOR EXCHANGES OF FOREIGN

PRISONERS, OTHERSe INVITED TO BE

COMMENT) THIS WOULD INCLUDE AMERICAN REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE

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EXCHANGE OF THE AMERICAN PRISONERND THAI REPRESENTATIVES FOR THEHAI PRISONERS EXPECTED TO BE TURNED OVER. -THIS COULD ALSO INCLUDE NORTH VIETNAMESE REPRESENTATIVES. IF THEY CHOSE TO BE PRESENT. FO*THE RETURN OF THE GROUP OF NORTH VIETNAMESE PRISONERS hELD

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BY THE LAO ARMED FORCES (FAR),)

ALL PRISONERS OF ANY NATIONALITY. WHOSEBEEN- ENTERED ON LISTS EXCHANGED BY THE THO SIDES.BE

F. ARRANGEMENTS HILLADE FOR!

HE DATE OF THE FIRST EXCHANGE IS TO BEAYS AFTER THE AGREEMENT JSHC0MMENTl IF THE DOCUMENT ISS EXPECTED, ONUGUST. THE; EXCHANGE WILL BE ONEPTEMBER.)

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2, DURING THEALL WAS PUT IN'TO LPF DEPUTY CHIEF DELEGATE PRADITH THIENGThAM TO SAY THAT THE VIENTIANE

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: SIDE HAD HADE SOME MINOR CHANGES IN HORDING Or THE POW

I EXCHANGE DOCUMENT AND THAT THE VIENTIANE SIDE MOULD BE READY

j TO SIGN THE DOCUMENT AT THEUGUST JCU MEETING. PRAD1TH SAID IP THE CHANGES HERE ONLY MINOR ONES IN HORDING AND NOT CHANGES IN SUBSTANCE. THE LP? WOULD BE READY TO SIGN THE DOCUMENT ONUGUST,

3. THE DELEGATES THEN DISCUSSED THE COVER LETTERTO ACCOMPANY THE LISTS OP PRISONERS HELD BY THESCHEDULED TO BE TURNED OVER DURING THE FIRSTLETTER IS TO BE GIVEN TO THE LPFHOURS BEFORE THE THE VIENTIANE SIDE HOLDS' 1

ORTH VIETNAMESEPF POWS IN THE VIENTIANE AREA M

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AND PLANS TO RETURN THEM IN THE FIRSTTHER LPF RISONERS ARE HELD IN OTHER MILITARY REGIONS, UMBER OF _N_ THE NORTH VIETNAMESE DO NOT WANT, TO RETURN .TO- NORTH VIETNAM^ THE VIENTIANE SIDE PLANS TO PERMIT SOME OF THEN TO,REMAIN LAOSi) THE DELEGATES THEN DISCUSSED HAVING THE INTERNATIONAL^ RED CROSS (IRC) TALK TO THE NORTH VIETNAMESE PRISONERS .And ASK EACH IF HE WANTS TO RETURN TO NORTH VIETNAM.j MILITARY JCIA DELEGATES COLONEL LOUN SlSOUNOL AND

PHIMMASONE RECOMMENDED AGAINST: THIS ON THE GROUNDS THAT THOSE WHOM THE VIENTIANE SIDE AGREES CAN REMAIN IN LAOS SHOULD NOT BE LISTED AT ALL ON THE LISTS GOING TO THE LPF TOR EXCHANGE AND THEIR NAMES SHOULD NOT BE AVAILABLE TO THE IRC, IT HAS ALSO DECIDED TO LEAVE OUT EXACT NUMBERS IN THE COVER LETTER.

4, VIENTIANE SIDE CHIEF JCUILAYSAN MENTIONED THAT HE HAD BEEN ACCUSED BY THE VIENTIANE

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SIDE OF DISCUSSING AN EXCHANGE OF PONS WITHOUT DISCUSSING THIS BEFOREHAND .WITH THE VIENTIANE SIDE. SOUKANSAID HE HAD KEPT THE PRIME MINISTER INFORMED OF PROGRESS ON THIs'aS WELL AS

OTHER JCU MATTERS. HE SAID THAT HE NOW KEPT DEPUTY PPI MENSISIENGMAY INFORMED SINCE HE (LEUAM) IS ALSO LEADER OP THE VIENTIANE SIDE AND THAT Hfi (SOUKAN) DID NOT PEEL OBLIGED TO KEEP EACH VIENTIANE SIDE MINISTER OR MEMBER INFORMED.

DELEGATES THENRAFT LETTER TO 1NFORMING THE LATTER OF THE UPCOMING EXCHANGE OFLETTER REQUESTS THAT THE ICC HAVE REPRESENTATIVESTHE EXCHANGE OF FOREIGN PRISONERS AND STATES THATALL FOREIGN PRISONERS EXCHANGED WILL BE FURNISHED THE ICC.

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ETTER FROM THEO THE

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MINISTRY OF PUBLIC WORKS ASKINGORTION OF THE BUILDING

NEXT TO THE PASSENGER TERMINAL AT WATTAY AIRPORT BE TURNED[

OVER TO THE LPF, ON RECEIPT OF THIS LETTER MINISTER OF PUBLIC

WORKS GENERALHOUNRaHaNY IMMEDIATELY ORDERED

IT IMPLEMENTED. HOWEVER IT COULD NOT BE TURNED OVER BECAUSE

THEAR SOLDIERS THE LPF HAD IEEN COMPLAINING ABOUT

STILL IN THE BUILDING, SOUKAN SAID THAT SECRETARY OF STATE

FOR FINANCE HOUMPHANM SAIGNASITH PROTESTED THAT SOUK*N

HAD ORDERED THE TURNOVER WITHOUT CONSULTING WITH THE VIENTIANE

SIDE. SOUKAN POINTED OUT THAT IT HAS THE MINISTER OF PUBLIC WORKS HHO HAD ORDERED THE TURNOVER AND THEREFORE THE MINISTER SHOULD HAVE CHECKED HITH HIS SECRETARY OF STATE

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