22 AUGUST 1974 JCIA PLENARY SESSION AT WHICH POW EXCHANGE ISSUE IS HIGHLIGHT

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SUMMARY! AT THE4 PLENARY SESSION OF THE

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CHIEF DELEGATE SOUKAN VlLAYSAN AND LAO PATRIOTIC iFRONT DEPUTY

THE HIGHLIGHT OF WHICH WAS THE MATTER OF PRISONER OF WAR EXCHANGE' TO BEGIN ONEPTEMBER. PRAOITH INDICATED THAT THERE SHOULD BE FOUR GROUPS OF POW'SI THE PAK OU GROUP) THEROUP* TKE ROUTEROUP* AND THE PLAIN OF JARS AND PHON SAVANE GROUP. MULTIPLE EXCHANGES OF POW'S MAY BE MADE

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ONPLAIN Or JARS AND IN PHON SAVANE. THE EXCHANGES AT THE OTHER LOCATIONS HILL BENE-UME BASIS ONLY, SOUKAN QUERIED PHADITH AS TO WHETHER THE LISTS SHOULD INCLUDE THE HISSING AND PROPOSED THAT BOTH SIDES BE INFORHEDOURS IN ADVANCE OF PQH EXCHANGES SO THAT PROPER PREPARATIONS HAY BE HADEi PRADITH SAID THAT THE .ISTS SHOULD INCLUDE ONLY LIVING PON'S AND THAT THE TWO SIDES CAN LOOK INTO THE HATTER OF THE HISSINGATER DATE. PRADITH COHPLAINED FURTHERHE PRESENCE OF THEOLOIERS ATPORTl OF VIENTIANE SIDE TROOPS MOVEMENTS WITHOUT ADVANCE NOTIFICATION TO THE LPF| OF THE PHbSEVCE OF ARTILLERY. ARHORED TROOPSB'S. .ACCUSING THE VIENTIANE SIDE OF WANTING TO STAGE AI COUPD'ETATl AND OF THE VIENTIANE SIDE'S HAVING TRANSFERRED HlLlTARY POLICEHEN INTO THE VIENTIANE SIDE JOINT POLICET1GENT. HE LIKEWISE CO mp uA INEO THAT CHARTERS FOR THfi VIENTIANE SIDE CONTINGENT TO THE PROTECTIVE MILITARY FORCE HAD NOT BEEN COMPLETED* THAT ONHAIS HA0 CROSSED FROM THAILAND TO LAOS WITHOUT NOTIFI-VATION BY THE VIENTIANE SIDE POLICE TO THE LPF POLICE. ADDING THAT JPF PERSONNEL FROH BOTH SIDES SHOULD SHARE IMMIGRATION DUTY. PRADITH THEN OBJECTED TOEMARCATION POST '

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at BAN ITOU. sayingetter, more suitable location should be found. soukan gave replies to each of the points raised by pradith. END summary.

UGUSTa plenary session of theto ihp.ement ThE agreement (jcia) hasSIDE chief delegate soukan vilaysanmeeting by presenting five questions forof vientiane! the demarcation post1 demarcation posts at otherfor protective military force (pmf) personnel!

and minor questions. lao patriotic front upf) deputy chief DiLlGiTF pradith ThIENGThAM presented four questions

tor discu5sion i pending questions) exchanges of prisoners of waremarcation posts. and minor questions.

the matter of pows, pradiTm proposedside prepare its own list for exchange ofbegin oneptember. pradith indicated

that there SHOUtl be four groups of pqw'Sl the 'pak ou QROUP* and the routeroup. IN the vicinity of ban itou. THE pak ou exchange should be hade. according

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thend routexchanges. however. multiple

| EXCHANGES may BE MADE ON THE PLAIN OP JARS AND IN PMON SAVANE. PRADITH EXPLAINED THAT THE MULTIPLE EXCHANGES ON THE PLAIN OP JARS AND IN PHON SAVANE COULD BE MADE IN THE FASHION BECAUSE THE pom'S HAVE BEEN DETAINED IN SEVERAL HIOELY SEPARATED >'lOcat;ons. he specified THAT LAO POW's ARE TO BE PASSED YTMROUGM THE JPFE FOREIGN POW'S ARE TO BE PASSED THROUGH THE INTERNATIONALH1SSION.

3. SOUKAN REPLIED THAT IF ThERE IS NO AGREEMENT ON

WHERE THE DEMARCATION POST IS TO be LOCATED. THE TWO SIDES

HOULO HAVE TO SELECT AND AGREE ON ANOTHER LOCATION. ON THE .HATTER OF POW LISTS. SOUKAN QUERIED PRADITH AS TO WHETHER THE

IttfTI SHOULD INCLUDE LIVING PRISONERS AS WELL AS MISSING ONES.PROPOSED THAT BOTH SIDES BE INFORMED I* HOURS IN ADVANCE. *. PRADITH SAID THAT THE POW LISTS SHOULD INCLUDE ONL*

'LIVING POW'S, THE TWO SIDES. he SAID. CAN LOOK INTO THE

HATTER OF THE HISSING ONESATER TURNING TO TO other MATTERS PRADITH COHPLAlNED THATROVISluNS HAD BEEN SIONeD BUT THATEW HAD ACTUALLY BEEN

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IMPLEMENTED. PRADITH ASKED WHY THEOLDIERS ARE STIlL BElNO KEPT AT THE AIRPORT, ADDING That THERE MOULD BE NO PRQBlEM IF THE JOINT POLICE FORCE (JPF) wERE ALLOWED TO PERFORM ITS DUTIES AND THAT THE PRESENCE OF THEOLDIERS IS COUNTER TO PRO* VISIONS NHICH HAVE BEEN SIGNED. PRADITH FURTHER COMPLAINED THAT THE VIENTIANE SIDE HAD MOVED SOME of ITS TROOPS FROM PHONE KHBNG To CH1NAIM0 AND SOME FROM CHINAIMO to THE HE SAID THAT SUCH TROOP MOVEMENTS SHOULD HAVE BEEN REPORTED IN ADVANCE. PRADITH OBJECTED TO THE PRESENCE OF ARTILLERY. ARMORED TROOPSS. ACCUSING THE VIENTIANE SIDE OF WANTING TOOUP D'ETAT, ANOTHER POINT RAISED

BY PRADITH WAS THE TRANSFER BY the VIENTIANE SIDE OF MILITARY POLICEMEN TO SERVE IN THE JPF, HE OBJECTED TO THEIR REMAINING UNDER THEIR OLD COMMANDERS. REMARKING THAT THEY SHOULD HAVE

BEEN PLACED UNDER THEHAND6R.

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6, SOUKAN REPLIED THAT THEOLDIERS AT THE

CANNOT BE REMOVED UNTIL THE REPLACEMENT FOR AIRPORT COMHISSIONER

SASORITH IS APPOINTED. SOUKAN SAID

THAT THE LPF HAD NOTHING TO FEAR FROM JHEOLDIERS AS ThEY

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ARE UNARMED AND THAT THEIR DUTIES CALL ONLY FOR GUARDING REPAIR FACILITIES, SOUKAN'S REPLY REGARDING TROOP MOVEMENTS HAS THAT THE MATTER SHOULD BE DISCUSSED SY THE COMMITTEES RESPONSIBLE FOR THEM. ON THE HATTER OF MILITARY POLICEMEN TRANSFERRED TO THE JPF, SOUKAN SAID THAT THE VIENTIANE SIDE HAD BEEN INFORMED THA^ ALLEMBERS OF THE JPF HAD COME FROM LPF MILITARY FORCES. BECAUSE OF THIS SOUKAN ADDED, THE VIENTlANk SIDE HAD DECIDED TO PUT SOHE MILITARY POLICE IN ITS JPF CONTINGENT,

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COMPLAINED THAT QUARTERS FOR VIENTIANE

SIDE PMF PERSONNEL SHOULD HAVE BEEN SELECTED BY NOW

BECAUSE THE TIME-LIMIT FOR THE SELECTIONS OF SUCH LOCATIONS

HAS EXPIRED. THE QUESTION* SAID PRADITH, COULD BE SOLVED

IMMEDIATELY IF LOCATIONS WERE SELECTED. PRADITH ALSO

COMPLAINED THAT ONHAIS HAD CROSSED TO VIENTIANE FROM SICHIANGNAI TO HOUA HUONG LANDING AND THAT VIENTIANE SIDE POLICEMEN HAD NOT SO NOTIFIED THE LPF POLICE IN THE JPF, PRADITH SAID THAT LPF PERSONNEL FROH BOTH SIDES SHOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR IMMIGRATION DUTY, AS WELL AS THE ISSUANCE OF

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REPLIED THAT IF QUARTERS WERE AVAILABLE FOR

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VIENTIANE PMF PERSONNEL. THEY COULD MOVE INTO THEM AT

UNTIL QUARTERS ARE COMPLETED, THESE PERSONNEL WILL HAVETENTS, SOUKAN WJECTO TO THE ISSUANCE OF IDENTITYJPF PERSONNEL FROM BOTH SIDES. FEELING THAT SUCHBE COUNTER TO PROVISIONS SIGNED. HE ADDED THAT THE

AUTHORITIES SHOULD BE INFORMED IF PERSONNEL IN BOTH JPFMAY BE AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE IDENTITY CARDS.

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BAN ITOU* PRADITH SAID THAT THE LPT DID NOT AGREE AND THAT IT SHOULD BE PLANTED IN ANOTHER BETTER. MORE SUITABLE

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IB, THE VIENTIANE SIDE DELEGATION HAD PLANNED TO REQUEST THEO GIVE ADVANCE NOTICE OF AIRCRAFT ARRIVALS INAND LUANG PRABANG BUT THE QUESTION DID NOT REACH THE DISCUSSION S'AGE AT THIS SESSION.

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