Laos: Banks of the Rubicon

For the sixth time, the three Laotian princes met last week to hammer out agreement on a neutral, coalition government for their divided nation.

The first arrivals at Plaine des Jarres airport were Red Prince Souphanouvong and his halfbrother, Neutralist Prince Souvanna Phouma, who traveled from their nearby headquarters aboard a Soviet-made Hound helicopter. Twenty minutes later a transport from Vientiane touched down, and out stepped anti-Communist Prince Boun Oum and his obdurate Defense Minister, General Phoumi Nosavan. Members of the three delegations crowded into a small, tin-roofed army club raised on...

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