REDACTED AUGUST MEETING OF THE VIENTIANE SIDE COMMITTEE FOR STRATEGY DISCUSSIO

Created: 8/29/1974

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COMMITTING ACTS WHICH WOULD UPSET CURRENT EFFORTS BY THE

THO SIDES TO ACHIEVE NATIONAL UNION AND RECONCILIATION,

PARTICULARLY WHILE THE PRIME MINISTER is ABSENT FROM THE COUNTRY. NGON SAID THAT THE MATTER has. IN FACT. RAISED at THE AUGUST CABINET MEETING BuT that THE LPF REFUSED TO ISSUEECLARATION ON BEHALF OF Two SIOES. INSTEAD. THE CABINET AGREEDIMILAR STATEMENT WOULD BE ISSUED BY SECRETARY TATE FOR OUVANNAVONG to THE PRESS ONF THE PGNU. THE STATEMENT WOULD STRESS THAT CIVIL SERVANTS SHOULD RETRAIN FROM DISRUPTING CURRENT EFFORTS OF THE GOVERNMENT TO ACHIEVE PEACE DURING THE ABSENCE OF THg PRIME MINISTER.

3. ACCORDING TO NGON, PHENG NEXT REPORTED ON THE SITUATION WITHIn'THE POLICE FORCE, PHENG SAID THAT HE HAD APPOINTED PHASOUK AS AD INTERIM DIRECTOR OF THE NATIONAL POLICE UNTIL CURRENT PROBLEMS ARE RESOLVED. PHENG STRESSED THAT ALTHOUGH ThF STRIKE mad BEEN CONFINED TO THE TRAFFICICE* YMgRg are INNUMERABLE GRIEVANCES

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AMONG POLICE OFFICERS and men THROUGHOUT the POLICE FORCE ANDr The POLICE FORCE is NOW

CALLEDNlNI SAID THAT HE IS CURRENTLY WORKINOIOftOANtiATtON PLAN WHICH HE MILL SUBMIT TO THE CABINET, NOON COMMENTED THAT HE WOULD OBJECT TO THE NOMINATIONIHARATM AS POLICE DIRECTOR AND WOULD HAVE TO TAKE ISSUE WITH THE NOMINATIONIT It PRESENTED TO THE CABINET. PHENG SAID THAT THE CURRENT APPOINTMENT WAS TEMPORARY,

4, ACCORDING TO NOON, CONSIDERABLE DISCUSSIONTHE PR!SONER/(POH) EXCHANGE QUESTION, PARTICULARLYNORTH VIETNAMESE <NVA>. NOON COMPLAINED THAT PRIORAGREEMENT OP THIS NATURE* SOUKAN VILAVSAN, CHIEF DELEGATE TO THE JOINT COMMISSION TO AGREEMENTHOULD CONSULT WITH THE ENTIRELEADERSHIP BEFORE COMMITTINGi

AGREEMENT NITM LPP REPRESENTATIVES ON THE REPATRIATION OP PON'S TO*BE HlLD IN SEPTEMBER BECAUSE HE HAD MaOE THE AOREEMBNT WITHOUT PRIOR CONSULATJON WITH HIS VIENTIANE SIDE CONPOUS AND BECAUSE HE HAD AGREED TQ INCLUDE NVa ROW'S IN

THE EXCHANGE. THE VIENTIANE SIDE ARGUED THAT NVA PRISONERS SHOULD BE HELD UNTIL THE HANOI GOVERNMENT ACKNOWLEDGES THEIR STATUS AS NVA TROOPS AND AGREES TO THE IR REPATRIATION. THESE TROOPS WOULD ALSO SERVE AS AN ARGUING POINT FOR ThEll NVA TROOPS FROM LAOS, THERE ARE LIKEWISE HUMANITARIAN REASONS WHY ALL THESE PRISONERS SHOULD NOT BE INCLUDED IN THE EXCHANGE. INASMUCH AS SOME WERE RALLIERS TO THE VIENTIANE GOVERNMENT WHILE OTHERS HAD MADE STATEMENTS DURING THEIR IMPRISONMENT ON THEIR STATUS AS NVA TROOPS. IP SUCH PRISONERS ARE EXCHANGED AND SENT BACK TO NORTH VIETNAM

BY THE LPF. THEY.MAY BE KILLED. SOUKAN DEFENDED HIMSELF

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I ON THE GROUNDS THAT THE JCU IS COEQUAL WITH THE PGNU AND THE JNPC AND TmaT nE. AS ThE VIENTIANE SIDE CHIEF jCtAHAS THE RIGHT TO ENTER INTO AGREEMENTS WITHOUT THE CONCURRENCE OF EITHER HIS COLLEAGUES IN THE PGNU OR THE JNPC.) ACCORDING TO NGON. PHEnG SUPPORTED THE FORMER ON THIS MATTER. SPECIFICALLY. NGON. SAID THAT ON THE MATTER OF RETURNING NVA POW'S* THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS SHOULD BE ASKED TO INTERVIEW POW'S To WHETHER THEY WANT TO RfcT'jRN TO NORTHOUTH VIETNAM OR ELSEWHERE. IN

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ACCORDANCE WITH INTERNATION LAN. SOUKAN AGREED to REVIEW THIS MATTER AT the NEXT JCIA session,

5. ELATED MATTER. NGON SAID THAT he PROTESTED SOMAN'S AGREEMENT WITH LPF JCIA CHIEF phetrasv on PLACING JOINT POLICE (JPF) PERSONNEL WITHIN THE AIRPORT GROUNDS. NGON SAID THAT SINCE IT N INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FOREIGNERS. on ARRIVING AT THE AIRPORT. RECEIVE AN UNFAVORABLE IMPRESSION of THE PGNU WHEN THEY ARE CONFRONTED By LPF SOLDIERS CARRYING, SOUKAN SAID THAT JPF posts were LARGELY CONFINED to AREAS OUTSIDE THE TERMINAL, NEVERTHELESS. NGON SAID, HE HAD RECEIVED COMPLAINTS ABOUT THE PRESENCE of LPF PERSONNEL WITHIN THEAND WOULD LIKE to REQUEST, for THE LAST TIME. THAT MAJOR ISSUES SUCH AS THIS ONE first be CLEARED with THE VIENTIANE SIDE, ALL PRESENT AGREED IN PRINCIPLE.

. 6. SECRETARY OF STATE FOR foreign .CHANTHARASY REPORTED THAT deputy PRIME VONGVICHJTESS than enthusiastic about TRAVELING to NEw york.for the opening session of. the united

NATIONS general assembly (unga). TUNETUONE OPIftlEkt THAT

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at tmfc tast. moment bhoumt would hithdpawhe delegation.

TIaNEThONE TELT THAT PHOUMI DOES NOT WANT TO II AWAY FRO* LAOS DURING THE PRIME MINISTER'S ABSENCE. ON THE MATTER OF THE DELEGATION *: THE UNGA, TT.ANETHONE SAID THAT HE MOULD ADVOCATE THAT ThE DELEGATION CONSIST OF AN EQUAL NUMBER OF REPRESENTATIVES FROM THE TWO SIDES AND THAT DURING DISCUSSIONS AT THE UN, THE TWO SIDES REACH UNANIMOUS AGREEMENT ON ISSUES PRESENTED BEFORE STATING AN OPINION OROTE, SHOULD THE DELEGATION FAIL TO REACH UNANIMOUS AGREEMENT, THE DELEGATION SHOULD REFRAIN FROM PARTICIPATING IN THE DEBATE OR VOTE, ALL AGREED WITHUGGESTION.

7. TIANETHONEREPORT ON THE REQUEST OF THE

FAMILY NOlAVAN FOR LAO OOVERNHENT AUTHORIZATION TO TAKE MlH FPOH SONGXHLA TO BANQKOK FOR TREATMENT. THOSE PRESENT AGREED THAT IF THE THAI GOVERNMENT JUDGES THAT IT IS PROPER and SfcCESSARv, JT MAY AUTHORIIE HiM TOO lANQKOK FOR TREATMFNt.

a. NGON REPORTED THAT SECRETARY FORTAB0N6 SAlfVANNAVftNE HAS NOT YETUDGET FOR THE LPF.

IF THE LFF DOES NflTUDGET 5Y THE CNB OF SfPTi/fftER. KG Mg mOULO RRfMI TQ PAY

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LPF MINISTERS.

REMARKED THAT IN ThE OISPATCH OfISSIONS* THE VIENTIANE SIDE MUST BE CAREFUL THATBE LULLED INTO EJECTING TBO "UCHOCUwlST NOON REPORTED THAT SO FAR ONLV PROPAGANDA HASTHE PROMISE OF LARGE-SCALE ASSISTANCE FROH NGON SAID THAT Hfi REMAINS UNtHPRESSEB BY CALLING ATTENTION TO SOTH'S HAVING PROCRASTINATED

A GREAT OfiAL IN FORMINGELEGATIONS AND IN DRAWING UP LISTS OF REQUIREMENTS. NQQN ADDED THAT ANYULD BENEFIT LAOS*,HOWEVER SMALL. BUT THAT HE WISHES Tfl COUNSEL CAUTION ON THE PART OF TmC VIENTIANE SIDE IN THIS HATTfiR,

INS TO NGON. ASKED LEUAH WHETHER THE PRESENTIE EXPANDED TO INCLUDE SELECTED FaF OFFICIALSOF THE POLITICAL PARTIES. IN ACCORDANCEDECLARATION ISSUED ON THE FORMAT ION OF THE VIENTIANENOTED THAT ON MILITARY AND POLITICAL ISSUES, GROUP. NOT ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE. CANNOT EXPECTFAR AND THE POLITICAL PARTIES. LEUAM RESPONDED

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