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January 04, 1961 - Image 3

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Charge Reds
Airlift Men,
Eisenhower Seeks
'Peaceful Solution'
ed States yesterday accused Rus-
sia and North Viet Nam of air-
lifting weapons and Vietnamese
soldiers to Red rebels in Laos.
Washington also broadened its
search for a peaceful solution to
the crisis. One possible solution
gained prominence as the United
States, under pressure from allies,
backed down on its opposition to
receiving a watchdog commission
for the Southeast Asia kingdom.
President Dwight D. Eisenhow-
er met at the White House with
top foreign affairs, military and
intelligence advisers. It was the
third meeting in four days on the
Shortly afterward, the State
Department issued what press of-
ficer Joseph W. Reap termed "first
class, absolutely authenticated in-
formation" indicating at least 218
Soviet and North Vietnamese
flights since Dec. 3 carrying "ex-
tensive war material" and sub-
stantial numbers of military per-
sonnel to the rebels.
The State Department said it
made public this "hard evidence
concerning the extensive So-
viet and North Vietnamese par-
ticipation . . . in view of the ser-
iousness of the current situation
in Laos."
Most American allies have tak-
en a skeptical view of claims by
the Laotian government' that out-
side Communist aid is reaching
the rebels. United States officials
have been hampered in their ef-
forts to get allied action by lack
of evidence concerning the fight-
ing in the remote country.
Gives Boun' s
Forces Vote
Of Confidence
VIENTIANE (MP) - King Savang
Vathana yesterday opened an
extraordinary session of Parlia-
ment to give Premier Boun Oum's
pro-Western government a vote
of confidence and new political
strength in the war against pro-
Communist forces.
As 41 of the 59 assembly mem-
bers met in the shell-scarred Par-
liament building, the government
reported its forces had recaptured
the key northeastern city of
Xiengkhouang. The government
said invaders from Communist
North Viet Nam had helped leftist
Laotian forces seize the city.
This was the first official re-
port here that government troops
had ever surrendered the city. The
Communists earlier claimed to
have captured it,
Westerners here have not been
convinced that North Vietnamese
troops are involved in the fighting
on a large scale, despite govern-
ment reports.
Outside Communist help Is the
key to whether Boun Oum's
government will receive help from
the West. Government estimates
of North Vietnamese invasion
troops have run as high as 3,000.
The king said deputies had pe-
titioned for the special session and
he decided to call one lasting from

yesterday until tomorrow

Laos Accuses
Red Viet Nam!
Of Aggression
By The Associated Press
ernment of Laos yesterday ac-
cused Red North Viet Nam of
unprovoked aggression.
Laotian ambassador Sisouk Na
Champassak told Secretary-Gen-
eral Dag Hammarskjold that
North Viet Nam forces, estimated
at six battalions, had crossed in-
to Laotian territory and were aid-
ing Laotian rebels.
The Laotian representative ask-
ed that his communication be
brought to the attention of all
UN members. The note was made
public late yesterday, as Ham-
marskjold prepared to leave for
the Congo.
The pro-Western Laotian gov-'
ernment of Premier Prince Boun,
Oum claimed last Saturday that
seven Red Vietnamese battalions
had invaded northeast Laos to
support pro-Communist Pathet
Lao guerrillas.
Westerners generally have not
been convinced that North Viet-
namese actually are involved in
the fighting.
North Viet Nam has repeatedly
denied the Laotian claim,
TOKYO-Red North Viet Nam
has protested what it calls im-
perialist provocations against
Laos, the New China News Agen-
cy reported yesterday,
In a Hanoi dispatch, it quoted
the North Viet Nam foreign min-
istry as saying:
"The United States imperialists
have formally called for a meet-
ing of the aggressive SEATO bloc
to press on the member countries
of this organization to intervene
in Laos . . . they have decided on
a series of military measures of a
provocative character."

WASHINGTON -- President
Dwight D. Eisenhower will send
his final State of the Union mes-
sage to Congress Jan. 12 instead
of delivering it personally.
The White House announced
this yesterday along with the
timetable for two other presiden-
tial messages-the budget Jan. 16
and the economic report Jan. 20.
Presidential Press Secretary
James C. Hagerty also said Ei-
senhower is giving serious con-
sideration to making a farewell
talk by radio and TV before he'
leaves office Jan. 20.
PALM BEACH, Fla. - Presi-
dent-elect John F. Kennedy winds
up a 19-day Florida sojourn to-
day and flies north for his first
conferences with Robert S. Mc-
Namara and Dean Rusk since
they accepted Cabinet appoint-
Kennedy will meet in New York
tonight with McNamara, who will
be his Secretary of Defense, and
in Washington Friday night with
Rusk, who will be the next Sec-
retary of State.
* . .
Traffic accidents across the na-
tion took a toll of 338 lives during
the long New Year's holiday week-
The number of persons killed
on streets and highways during
the 3-day, 72-hour observance
that ended at midnight Monday
was the lowest for a 3-day New
Year's holiday since 1953 when 317
deaths were counted.
lilland, whom President Dwight D.
Eisenhower designated Monday as
chairman of the Civil Aeronautics
Board for 1961, said yesterday he
will step aside if President-elect
John F. Kennedy wishes.
Gillilland said he would sub-
mit his resignation as chairman
to Kennedy on Jan. 20, Inaugura-
tion Day, to be accepted at Ken-
nedy's convenience. He said he
felt it is only proper that a new
president be permitted to desig-
nate a chairman of his choice.
Finnish Airplane
Crashes In Forest
VAASA, Finland -P)-A Finnish
passenger plane plunged into a
snow-covered forest yesterday and
exploded, killing all 25 aboard. It
was Finland's worst air disaster.

The United States air attache's
plane is making trips to Key West,.
Fla., to take out embassy equip-
ment and files no longer needed.
The reduced American embassy
staff will slice United States rep-
resentation in Cuba to less than
a third the size of the Soviet em-
Six months ago the United
States embassy staff was 120. Em-
bassy wives and children went
home in September and ambassa-
dor Philip Bonsal was recalled in
Cuba currentlyhas no ambassa-
dor in Washington.
Braddock got the first word
through a televised speech by Cas-
tro Monday night. A few hours
later the Cuban Foreign Ministry
put it in writing-a note at 1:20
a.m. yesterday.
Cubans Suffer
The greatest sufferers under the
new order are Cubans themselves.
the few employed at the embassy
and the thousands who await visas
to the United States.
Braddock suspended the issu-
ance of visas, causing several hun-
dred Cubans to storm the em-4
bassy's main entrance and demand
discuss visa applications. There
hysterically that they be let in to
are 50,000 such applications on file.
Most of the crowd were women.
One threatened to throw herself
into the sea unless the embassy
let her in. Many others refused to
move from the doors. Cuban police
stood by impassively.
Dismissal notices went to 120
Cubans working inside the em-




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