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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 20

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20 Palm Beach Post, Monday, Nov. 11. 1968 jazz ballet- for teenagers Laotians May Seek End To Civil War GRACE KAYWELL Begins NOV. 12 Call Mr. Holland 832-5194 In Communist territory when the agreement was reached. The Communists' own intransigence and their resumption of the civil war, however, forced Souvanna into close co GUNSM0KE THE FT Y bombing to American military safety in Vietnam. The source adds that Souvanna is not likely to push for a bombing halt in Laos until he gets some Indication that North Vietnam is willing to endorse a new neutralization of Laos and withdraw at least most of the North Vietnamese troops, especially from southeastern Laos. The United States has warned the North Vietnamese in the Paris talks that a final settlement of the Vietnam problem will have to include an end to the massive North Vietnamese military occupation of Laos and an end to the Laotian civil war. The conviction of almost every interested party there Is that work toward a Laotian settlement will have to get underway before, and not after, a peaceful settlement is concluded in South Vietnam. "There Is no escaping it anyway," one diplomatic source here said. When the 1962 agreements were reached, Souvanna was recognized not only as the outstanding political personage in Laos but as the genuine leader of the neutralist bloc which got most of the major cabinet posts and around which the W62 "government of national union" was built. Hounded Into exile from Vientiane by the once hostile American Embassy, Souvanna was in fact living with his half brother Prince Soupha-nouvong, a Pathet Lao leader. escorted by armed aircraft," will not say. The bombing is a potential source of trouble not only with the Pathet Lao but between the United States and Prince Souvanna. It is not clear whether the Pathet Lao will be as stubborn as were the North Vietnamese In insisting that bombing must cease before serious negotiations can begin, but some diplomats think this likely. The Pathet Lao have always been under the tutelage and domination of Hanoi. "Souvanna may feel that if he really hopes for a settlement the bombing may not continue to be In his Interests," one well-informed western observer said. Souvanna has not asked that the bombing stop and American sources deny that there is any division of opinion between the Laos and the United States on the issue. There is little question, however, that the prince's attitudes have been changing as the prospects of peace grew brighter in Vietnam. A year ago Souvanna was almost passionately opposed to a halt in the bombing of North Vietnam but this year he endorsed the idea long before President Johnson made the decision to act. Despite these words, Souvanna and the United States are apparently not yet in any serious disagreement. One Laotian official familiar with the prime minister's private thoughts said Souvanna is well aware of the Importance of the It I N Y . Time News Hpnkf VIENTIANE, Laos, -Thorp is a growing awareness in Laos thai if Vietnam peace talks make progress they will inevitably lead to another round of peace negotiations in Laos. Both Communists and non-Communists show interest in a new attempt to settle the Laos question but serious difficulties lie ahead. In 12, a 14-nation conference in Geneva agreed that Laos should be "neutralized" and provisionally governed by a coalition cabinet embracing members of the Pathet Lao Communist movement, Laotian neutralists and anti-Communist conservatives. The coalition government ceased to function in 13 when the Pathet Lao members withdrew from Vientiane and from active participation in the cabinet and sporadic, low-level warfare has flickered on in Laos ever since. The royal Laotian govern- 1,000 to '50,000 Loans Available Immediately Anywhere in Florida Up to 100 Valuation 'MOO ...20" Month 1.500 ...52500 Month 52,0 00 ...30H Month s2,500 ...53500 Month 53,000 ... 54000 Month PEOPLES MORTGAGE COMPANY 2207 North Dixie West Palm Beach 832-7565 ment and the Pathet Lao have both shown some indications recently that they are willing to reopen talks on ending their long civil war, which neither apparently can ever win or even hope to win. The prime minister. Prince Souvanna Phouma said last week that he would be willing to go to the northeastern Laotian town of Sam Neua, a Pathet Lao guerrilla strong-hold, to begin new talks. In a statement broadcast by their radio in Samneua Sept. 21, the Pathet Lao said if the I'.S. stopped bombing communis' -held areas of Laos it would "create favorable conditions for the Laotians to negotiate among themselves and tind the way to settle the problems of their own country." There are also intelligence reports that the Pathet Lao have increased political action in their territory and told their political action in their territory and told their political cadres to prepare for possible electioneering activity in a national election. No one, however, who remembers the painfully difficult bargaining of 12 (or that it resulted in an unworkable solution) doubts that progress will be slow and the chances for success precarious. Though American bombing of North Vietnam has stopped it is continuing along the Ho Chi Minh trail in Eastern Laos and in other Communist-held poitions of Laos. Saigon and Washington sources indicate that the bombing in Laos will be intensified to disrupt the movement of North Vietnamese supplies and to break up dangerous concentrations of the estimated 40,000 North Vietnamese supplies and to break up dangerous concentrations of the estimated 40,000 North Vietnamese troops in Laos. In the clandestine atmosphere of artificial secrecy which prevails in Vientiane it is difficult to confirm this intensification, but there Is also little reason to doubt It Is taking place. Laotian officials, who are quite willing to call a bombing raid have little real information on air operations. American officials, who call the raids "reconnaissance flights Acting deputy Festus Haggen poses as the husband of a farm widow to protect her against outlaws. Jerries Arness and Milburn Stone co-star. 7:30 PM !W Tue. & Fri. 54 p.m. enrol; now CAROL BURNETT LUCY a novelist place to work ... w.."'" Nil . 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