Laos: Marred Charm

The prince the U.S. had backed in Laos gave up the ghost last week.

The occasion was the private summit conference of the three key Laotian princes, who met amidst a swirl of tubby vacationers at Zurich's Dolder Grand Hotel. At the end of five days of talk, greying Prince Boun Oum, ineffectual Premier of the royal government, sighed wearily: "All I want is tranquillity." Prince Souvanna Phouma, who espouses a doctrine called "neutrality in neutralism" and who is recognized as Premier by the Communists, tolerantly explained: "Boun Oum is a patriot, but...

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