LAOS--SOUVANNA OFF TO FRANCE; KAY REPORTEDLY TO BE RELEASED

Created: 8/25/1974

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SUBJECT: LAOS SOUVANNA OFF TO FRANCEKAY REPORTEDLY TO

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PRIME MINISTER SOUVANNA PHOUMA LEFT VIENTIANE EARLY TODAY

FOR SEVERAL MONTHS CONVALESCENCE IN FRANCE. HE IS TRAVELLING

PECIAL MEDICALLY-EflUIPPED AND STAFFED CARAVELLE

AIRCRAFT PROVIDED BY THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT. CONTRARY TO AN

EARLIER ANNOUNCED IIIBIIITINERARYi THE AIRCRAFT MADE ITS FIRST

REST STOP IN CALCUTTA RATHER THAN BANGKOK. V

ON THE HOMEFRONT, MEANWHILE, THE PATHET LAO HAVE STATED date.AUGUST

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PUBLICLY THAT US CIVILIAN CONTRACT PILOT EMMET KAY UILL BE AMONG THE FIRST CROUP OF PRISONERS-OF-MAR TO BE RELEASED ON ACCORDING TO PRESS REPORTS, THE ANNOUNCEMENT WAS MADE IN VIENTIANE YESTERDAY BY THE DEPUTY CHIEF OF THE LAO COMMUNIST CONTINGENT ON THE COALITION GOVERNMENT'S JOINT CENTRAL COMMISSION TO IMPLEMENT THE AGREEMENT. HE REPORTEDLY TERMED KAY'SHUMANITARIAN AND GOODWILL

LIKE THE PATHET LAO INITIATIVE ON PRISONER EXCHANGES ITSELFi THE REPORTED PLAN FOR KAY'S EARLY RELEASE COMESURPRISE. THE COMMUNISTS HAD CONSISTENTLY ARGUED THAT THEY DID NOT CONSIDERRISONER-OF-UAR BECAUSE HIS CAPTURE LAST MAY OCCURRED AFTER THE CEASE-FIRE AGREEMENT WAS SIGNED- MOREOVER* THERE WERE INDICATIONS THAT THE PATHET LAO MIGHT TRY TO LINK

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