Laos: Toward Talks?

When war came in earnest to Cambodia last spring, the capital city of Phnom-Penh was transformed almost overnight into an armed camp. The neighboring kingdom of Laos has been ravaged by war for a quarter-century without letup; yet a visitor would never know it by looking at its capital. Vientiane is an easygoing city of 150,000 with no barbed wire, no bunkers and no nighttime mortar attacks. Chickens and geese cackle and honk in the main street during the day. It is still safe to walk the streets after dark. The primary sources...

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