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Laos / Neutrality #215261

CBS Evening News for Sunday, Feb 07, 1971
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(Studio) South Vietnam troops continue to build up near Laos border; attack into Laos would be blow to abused position of Laos neutrality.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(Vientiane, Laos) Laos neutrality observed by United States since 1962 agreement; US provides aid to Laos Premier Souvanna Phouma; military leaders threaten to oust Phouma if either of 2 parts of Laos falls to North Vietnam. Phouma unable to prevent presence of North Vietnam; doesn't control Ho Chi Minh trail region. Phouma says any South Vietnam attack into Laos matter between United States and South Vietnam; will resign if rightists demand change of policy. United States officials say won't allow overthrow of Phouma, but incrd. North Vietnam activity in Laos may force US support of Laotian military leaders

Mudd, Roger;
Rabel, Ed

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