Saturday, August 1, 1959
Press Relenoe COPY
STATa.mNT BY SENATOR MANSFIELD
According to press reports from Laos, there is renmied
fighttng beb1een the Laotian Army and Communist rebel bands
tn the norther provinces of Phongsaly and Samneua. It appears
that the Communist rebel bands are being aided in particular
by the Government of North Vietnam. In \dew of the fact that
an agreement uas reached some months ago bebieen the Pathet Lao
and the Royal Government of Laos to end hostilities and to
incorporate these 010 provinces in the country, it appears to
me that this is a matter which should be referred to the United
Nations at the earliest opportunity to the end that an invest igation
of the situation there can be undertaken and the authority
of the Royal Loatian Government empha~ized and maintained. Because
of Leos' exposed position and because of its possible effects
on South Eaat Asia, it is imperative, in my opinion, that this
matter be referred to the United Nations .
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 40, Folder 40, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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