1. POSSIBLE ARRIVAL OF AMERICAN POW'S IN VIENTIANE ON 6 OR 13 SEPTEMBER 1972 I

Created: 9/3/1972

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TO WHITE HOUSE SITUATION ROOM

TO STATE

TO DIA

TO NMCC/HC

TO NSA

NO DISTRIBUTION EXCEPT TO DR. KISSINGER

NO DISTRIBUTION EXCEPT TO DR. RAY S. CM NIC

EXCLUSIVE FOR VICE ADMIRAL DE POIX

EXCLUSIVE FOR ARMY ACSI, MAJOR GENERAL DAVID90I

NAVY DNI, REAR ADMIRAL RECTANUS:

AIR FORCE AF/IN, MAJOR GENERAL KEEGAN

EXCLUSIVE FOR LT. GENERAL PHI LL

FOI It LEASE

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1. soviet ambassador to hanoi ilya topover * aeroflot flight from hanoi to moscow, stated that he heard shortly before DE- arting hanoi that the north vietnamese planned to release fiveprisoners of war2 and that the releasedwould be sent to vientiane aboard the international controlflight ofeptember or2 J

|shcuerbakov apparently did not elaborate on the source of hiseptember broadcast by radio hanoi stating threeprisoners would be released in commemoration of north vietnam's national day prompted speculation that the prisoners might arrive inboardeptember aeroflot flight.

duringrivate organization announced thatwould be released to the organization in hanoiatter

2. shcherbakqv

conferred with acting soviet ddnsul|

| regarding two soviet charter flights which here being; held up at the vietiane airport aaa it ing permission to land in hanoi. shcheroakov remarked that no one in hand i is interested .

IN EXPEDITING THESE FLIGHTS TO THEIR DESTINATION, Art HEA MESSAGE TOVIA THE VIENTIANESTATING THAT IF THE PLANES WERE NOT GIVEN PERMISSION IN HANOIOULO RETURN TO MOSCOW. HANOI WASON THE UORNIKCEPTEJ.3E3 2 AND AGAINDELAYED.. AT ZBZQ HDLRSPPROXIMATELYAFTER THE SOVIET REQUEST WAS RELAYED TO HANOI, THE NORTHCAVE PERMISSION FOR THE AIRCRAFT TO OEPART ANDVIENTIANE AT ABOUT l5 HOURS. COMMENT!

I THE UNSCHEDULED LAND ING IN VIENTIANE OF SOVIET PLANEO. N THE AFTERNOON OFUGUST. THER PLANE WHICH DEPARTED VIENTIANE9 HAD BEEN ON THE GROUNO SINCE 2?

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