396.1 GE/6–1654: Telegram

Fourteenth Restricted Session on Indochina, Geneva, June 16, 3 p.m.: The United States Delegation to the Department of State


Secto 457. Repeated information Paris 444, Saigon 170, London 292, Tokyo 141, Moscow 128, Phnom Penh, Vientiane unnumbered. Tokyo pass CINCFE. Department pass Defense. Following is text of Laotian proposal presented at restricted session on Indochina Wednesday, June 16:

  • “1. On the date of the cessation of hostilities, the regular and irregular VietMinh troops will be withdrawn from Laotian territories.
  • 2. The French Union forces will return to the bases specifically provided in the agreements existing between the Kingdom of Laos and the French Republic. Those forces which are not considered by Laos as necessary for its security will leave country.
  • 3. Remaining irregular elements will be disarmed. The Vietnamese components thereof will return to Vietnamese territory.

    The Laotian nationals, after having presented themselves to the regular Laotian authorities, will recover without reservations the rights enjoyed by all Laotian citizens and particularly the right to be voters and candidates to the National assembly. They will enjoy the legislative provisions already applied to the members of the former Lao-Issari movement which contemplate particularly their right to join or to be reincorporated into the civil service or into the national army.

  • 4. The two parties will proceed to the total liberation of prisoners of war and civil internees.
  • 5. An international control will be established to supervise the execution of the different points of the above agreement and especially of the troop movements contemplated in Articles 1 and 2.

    It will also be applied to the supervision of the integrity of the frontiers.

  • 6. Representatives of the military commands will meet at once in Geneva in order to study the conditions of execution of points one and two. They will be able to propose the creation of ad hoc military committees whose purpose will be to coordinate on-the-spot troop movements in any given region. They will as soon as possible submit the result of their labors to the conference.”