Laos: And Then There Were Three

In the eight months since the 14-nation Geneva conference established Laotian neutrality last summer, neutralist Prince Souvanna Phouma's left-right-center coalition government has displayed a remarkable record of consistency: it has failed to carry out one single provision of the Geneva accords. Rent by internal dissension, the government has been unable to maintain a ceasefire, evict all foreign military personnel from Laos, integrate the three military and political factions, or hold free elections. But the supposedly "neutralist" government has recognized every country in the Communist bloc, and has done so little to...

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