CEASE-FIRE POSTS. GIBSONREPATRIATION REQUEST OF NORTH VIETNAMESE POWS. AND OTHER MATTERS
Il LAO PATRIOTIC FRONT (LPF) CHIEP DELEGATE To THE JOINT COMMISSION TO IMPLEMENT THE AGREEMENT (JCU) SOTH PwETRaSy OPENED ThE* JCU PLENARY SESSION BY PROPOSING THE FOLLOWING POINTS FOR DISCUSSION!
REVIEW OF THE STATUS OF NEUTRAL HAT IONAND LUANG PRABANG f
REVIEW OF INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN ThE CEASE-FJR6TOR IMPLEMENTATION OF THE ACCORDS AND PROTOCOL!
QUESTIONS INCLUDING DESIGNATION OF
the prefect of vientiane and the case of the american citizen robert gibson, j' ;
2. vientiane side chief no objections but comhenteo that the first pointtaken care OP and that he wished to add two namely withdrawal of foreign troops and exchange(pows). soth then asked when the vientianemould be withdrawn from the tho cities. statingside troops are all over vientiane YEt'thEforce (pmf) units have still not been formed. hehis request of the previous week that the sign on headquarters of the vientiane garrison be removed. Hit earl ier request that guard duties at theof vientiane be turned over by the lao armedto the joint police force
lpf delegates have also indicated that the lpf want the jpf to take over'guardaround continental air services and former air america
3. soth then mentioned that the police launches . trucks I
and police radio base station had not yet been received. SOljKAN responded that many barracks are being built tor the police and certain items are being bought abroad and paid for by the japanese. therefore. these questions should more appropriately be directed to the ministry of economy andcomment. this has directed to soth in his capacity as minister of economy and plans.) concerning ThE police launches. soukans
said these are being built in thailand and that they have been confiscated by thai customs. however. the matter is being straightened out.
4. vientiane sideisounol then said that with regard to the ouestion of withdrawal of far troops, that when the camp north of the city which isg built for the vientiane side pmf units is completed. *he troops -ill be sent there. the vientiane garrison has already ceased its activities and turned its responsibilities over to the jpf. the garrison, loun said* itiu hasuties which concern hjlitary cerehonies and discipline. soukan told soth that if he wanted to request officially the removal of the vientiane garrison sign, he could. conkxrnint. electronic
EQUIPMENT FOR HATTY AIRPORT, ASKED NOT
BE TO" IMPATIENT, IN RESPONSES TO SOTH'S QUESTION ABOUTOF FAR TROOPS NORTH Or THE CITY, SOUKAN SAID THEYOUT INTO THE VIENTIANE PLAIN BEYOND THEILOMETER LIMIT TO STOP THIEVES IN THE AREA, LPF
TROOPS HAVE BEEN GOING INTO THE COUNTRYSIDE IN THE VIENTIANE PLAIN BEYOND THE IS KM LIMIT TO PROPAGANDIZE AMONG THE PEASANTS, rAR HAS SENT TROOPS JUST OUTSJOE THEM LIMIT TO KEEP THE- DOING THIS, BOTH SIDES KNOH THIS IS THE CASE. BUT NEITHER SIDE BRINGS IT UP IN THE JCIA.)
SUGGESTED THAT THE JPFETTER TO THE
PROVISIONAL GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL UNION (PGNU) CONCERNING
EQUIPMENT rJEEOS. THIS HAS AGREED TO, SOTH THEN PROPOSED THAT
ILITARY COMMITTEE GOUP GO TO ALL MILITARY CAMPS ANDIN THE VIENTIANE AREA TQ COUNT THE NUMBER OF FAR TROOPS IN THE CITY, SOUKAN DID NOT RESPONO, SOTH SAID HE MOULDETTER REQUESTING THE REMOVAL OF THE VIENTIANE QARRI5ION SIGN. |
COMPROMISE AGREEMENT FOR THE CEASE-FIRELUANG PRABANG MAS SIGNED THUS ENABLING THE CEASE FIRE
MOBILE TEAM THERE TO RETURN TO WORK, CIA OBSERVERLL GOPRA8ANGULY TO IMPLEMENT THIS MATTER< ONGPACHaN RETURNED TO VIENTIANETO RESOLVE THE QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE CEASE-FIREPAKSE. SPECIFICULLY WHETHER IT SHOULD BE PLACED AT KMR BAN YTOU (ROUTEREA) WHERE ThE LPFLINE. the JCIA DECIDED TO LEAVE THE DECISION TO THETHE SCENE. IF ThE MARKER ISUT IT WOULDISADVANTAGE FOR THE VIENTIANEADVANTAGE IF IT IS PLACED AT
WOULD BE DISADVANTAGEOUS FOR THE VIENTIANE SIDE.)
7. THE TWO SIDES AGREED TO ACCEPT THE RECOmME^DATI ON OF THE MINISTER OF INTERIOR AND PROPOSE BOUNKHONQ PRAOICHITH NOW PREFECT OF LUANq PRaO TOLAS PREFECT OF VIENTIANE. IF HE IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE CANDIDATE TO THE PGNU CABINET, THE JCU AGREED TO REDISCUS5 THE MATTER. IN PRINCIPLE The JCU DECIDED THEY SHOULD NOT SELECT CANDIDATES FOR SUCH POSITIONS BUT ONLY APPROVE OR DISAPPROVE SELECTIONS MADE BY THE PGNU.
B. REGARDING THE GIBSONOUKAN SAID THE JCU, ACCORDING TO ARTICLE SIX OF THE PROTOCOL-iHUST FOLLOW THE LAW ONASE AND THE LAV IS VERY CLEAR, THE JCU DOES NOT
HAVE THE RIGHT TO HOLDECISIONERTAIN LENGTH OF
TIME. FOLLOWING AN EXCHANGE OF VIEwS, IT Wa6 AGREED THAT ThE
CASE SHOULD be TURNED OVER TO THE MINISTRY OFND THE COURTS AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. The LPF WANTED THEEPORT TO MENTION ONLY THE AMERICAN WHO KILLED TWO LAOS, THIS WAS NOT AGREED TO BECAUSE. ACCORDING To THE VIENTIANE DELEGATION, AS CLEAR THE TWO LAO KILLED WERE THIEVES.
ATTACKED THE AMERICAN AND THE AMERICAN ACTED IN SELF DEFENSE, THE JCIA FINALLY DECIDED TO WRITE UP BOTH VERSIONS AND SUBMIT THEM TO THE COURT,
9> SOUKANMENTIONED THE LETTER WRITTEN BYPOWS TO THE INTERNATIONAL RED CROSSTO NORTH VIETNAM, THIS MATTER HAD BEENPRIME MINISTER SOUVANNA PHOUMA DURJNq THE 3SESSION AND THE PRIME MINISTER HAS ASKED THE JCIATHE QUESTION. SINCE THE JCIA DRAFT DOCUMENTSOF POWS AND WITHDRAWAL OF FOREIGN TROOPS HAVE NOTAGREED UPON. THE MILITARY SUB-COMMITTEE WAS DIRECTEDThE NORTH VIETNAMESE POW ISSUE AND TO ALSO ADDRESSTHE QUESTION OF THE DRAFT
DISCUSSIONPECIFIC REQUEST FOR REPATRIATION OF NORTH VIETNAMESE POWS HAS TO BE EMBARRASSING FOR THE LPF,
THE HORDING IN THE DRAFT DOCUMENTS NOT AGREED UPON CONCERNSTHE WORDS "AMERICAN AND THAI TROOPS" AS PEOUESTED BY THE VIENTIANE SIDE ORORDS "NORTH VIETNAMESE" IF "AMERICAN AND THAI " ARE LEFT IN.)Original document.