Laos: The Ugly Record

If Laos is destined for neutrality, who keeps it neutral?

The Communists, with good reason, back the International Control Commission. Created at the 1954 conference that dismembered Indo-China, the I.C.C. is manned by Indians, Canadians and Poles —exactly the kind of neutral-West-Red directorate that Khrushchev now wants to inflict on the United Nations. Last week the I.C.C. was back in Laos 90 men strong to "verify" the ceasefire.

The I.C.C.'s last sojourn in Laos lasted four years. Laotians were appalled at the cost—salaries, plus $7 per diem, plus free housing, for more...

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