PRISONER SWAP REPORTEDLY SET IN LAOS

Created: 8/22/1974

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PRISONER SNAP REPORTEDLY SET IN LAOS

LAO COALITION GOVERNP1ENT HAS AGREED TO BEGIN THE LONG-DELAYED EXCHANGE OF PRISONERS-OF-UAR.

A SPOKESMAN FOR THEMUNIST SIDE OF THE JOINT CENTRAL COfiniSSION TO IMPLEMENT THECOALITION AGENCY RESPONSIBLE FOR ARRANGING PRISONERANNOUNCED THAT THE FIRST EXCHANGE WILL TAKE PLACE ON

NO MENTION WAS HADE OF THE NATIONALITIES OF THE PRISONERS TOELEASED, ALTHOUGH IT IS GENERALLY BELIEVED THAT LAO UILL BE AMONG THE FIRST TO BE SET MORE THAN 1DD NORTH VIETNAfiESE PRISONERS ARE BELIEVED TO BE HELD BY THE NON-COMMUNIST SIDE.

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PATHET LAO ARE ESTIMATED TO HOLD AT LEAST

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THE CHANCES FOR KAY'S EARLY RELEASE ARE SLIMi HOUEVER, AND THERE HAVE BEEN INDICATIONS THAT THE PATHET LAO (JILL TRY TO OBTAIN POLITICAL CONCESSIONS FROM WASHINGTON IN RETURN FOR KAY'S EVENTUAL RELEASE. THE HEAVY PROPAGANDA PLAY IN PATHETDIA CALLINGESSATION OF

LAOS COULD DE THE TYPE OF CONCESSION SAM NEUA IS LOOKING FORriPDET.ri

CSPECIALNIO MR CHRISTISON>

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