SOVIET PLANS TO HAVE PLANE CARRYING POW'S FROM HANOI OVERFLY LAOS, AND TO ATTEM

Created: 9/22/1972

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I USSR/NORTH VIETNAM X EPTEMBER 2

t SOVIET PLANS TO HAVE PLANE CARRYING POWS FROMVERFLY LAOS, AND TO ATTEMPT TO LIMIT ACCESS OF AMERICAN OFFICIALS IN RANGOON

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j, IN ORDER TOHIB IT OR LIMIT ACCESS BY AMERICAN OFFICIALS, SOVIET EMBASSY OFFICIALS INTATED ONEPTEMBER 2 THAT AEROFLOT FLIGHTARR YIN3 THREE AMERICAN POWS OUT OF HANOI ONEPTEMBER WILL OVFRFLY VIENTIANE AND MAKE ITS FIRST STOP AT, THE NEW ARRIVAL.TIME OF THIS RIGHT IS5 HOWS LOCALMT).

OVIET EMBASSY OFFICIALS INAVE BEEN INSTRUCTEDOT TO ACCEPT BOARD ING PASSENGERS INHO DO NOT POSSESS

A VALID VISA FOR THE USSR. IT WAS NOT PLANNED TO ISSUE ANY VISA IN

3. SINCE THETIRPORT IN RANGOON

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IS OPEN TO ALL ACCREDITED DIPLOMATIC PERSONNEL, SO VIET OFFICIALS ARE NOT CERTAIN THEY CAN PREVENT AMERICAN OFFICIALS FROM ENTERING OUNGE. FOR THIS REASON THESE OFFICIALS HOPETQ CONVINCE THE POWS TO REMAIN ON THE AIRCRAFT WHILE THE PLANE| COMMENT. ISA' FOR THE USSR ISEGJJIRED FOR PASSENGERS WHO EXPECT TO TRANSIT WITHIN OURS. IS CASE, HOWEVER, SOVIET OFFICIALS APPARENTLY DO NOT PLAN TO

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