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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, February 23, 1973

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VIENTIANE, Laos .(Reuters) - North Vietnamese ar-
tillery - ignoring a ceasefire officially ending 20 years
of war in Laos - shelled three government positions near
the strategic Plain of Jars yesterday.
The barrages came only hours after the ceasefire took
effect at noon local time. Targets of the artillery fire
were Ban Na, Phou Eay and Long Chen, the base of
the American-backed Meo guerrilla army, about 82 :miles
north of Vientiane.
DETAILS on possible casualties and damages were
not immediately known.
The ceasefire, which froze the military positions of both
sides - leaving the pro-Communist Pathet Lao in con-
trol of some two-thirds of the country - divided the
town of Muang Phalane in Southern Laos.
Government troops trying to recapture Muang Phalane
from occupying North Vietnamese forces in the last few
days reached the center of the town from the West but
could not drive them out of the Eastern half.
THE NORTH VIETNAMESE have to pull out under
the peace accord signed Wednesday by the Vietnamese
government and the Pathet Lao, which calls for the

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withdrawal of all foreign forces within 90 days of the
ceasefire.
The ceasefire brought little outward sign of rejoicing
in Vientiane, the capital. Throughout the 20 years of
fighting the war has been remote to residents here -
there never has been any fighting near Vientiane.
About 1,000 high school students paraded through
the streets yesterday chanting "peace, peace" and wav-
ing banners proclaiming: "This is the last Laos cease-
fire."
A FEW TAXIS were bedecked with streamers and
thanksgiving services were organized in local temples
and churches.
But not everybody was happy with the peace agree-
ment.
After the ceasefire it provides for the formation of
a new coalition government and a council of national
union. Both are to be made up equally of Vietiane gov-
ernment and Pathet Lao members.
Several high-ranking army officers and rightists were
reported to feel that Prime Minister Prince Souvanna
Phouma made too many concessions to the pro-Commun-
ists in order to achieve the ceasefire.
Some were said to be describing the terms as capitula-

tion and a victory for the Pathet Lao.
THE PRESENT GOVERNMENT which signed the agree-
ment as the Government of Vientiane will stay in power B Pe
until it is dissolved in favor of the new coalition govern-
ment which is due to be formed within 30 days. LYD
Rightists, who feel the government should have been
called the Royal Lao Government have no strong leader Box
at the moment. Their former head, Gen. Phoumi Nosa-
van, is at present in exile in Bangkok.
Observers believe that any obvious dissatisfaction with
post-ceasefire developments could bring the rightists to-
gether and produce a solid threat to the peace agree-
ment.

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THE POSITION of Prince Souvanna Phouma, who is
half-brother to Pathet Lao leader Prince Souphanouvong,
has been questioned.
The prince himself is a loyal neutralist, although the
Pathet Lao at one stage insisted that he be described as;
a rightist.
Many feel that he will still be prime minister in the
new coalition government. The Pathet Lao have not
specifically rejected him as such and there is a strong:
feeling that Souvanna Phouma, having held the job
for many years, will retain it in the new government.

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Gold soars,
dollar sinks
to new lows

LONDON (Reuters) - Gold prices soar-
ed to new levels in European bullion mar-
kets yesterday while the U.S. dollar sagged
to all-time lows in West Germany and
Switzerland.
As reports of the dollar's weakness spread
through markets, speculators rushed their
money into gold and other metals such as
copper, tin, lead, zinc and silver, all of
which registered price increases.
THE SPECULATORS became so eager
to exchange paper money for gold they
paid London dealers $91 an ounce for it,
$21 an ounce more than the ruling price
before the U.S. dollar was devalued by 10

per cent on Feb. 13.
In Frankfurt, West Germany, the dollar
fell to its lowest rate against the German
mark - 2.9165 marks for one dollar al-
though it rallied slightly to about 2.9215 at
the close of trading.
THIS WAS the lowest closing price since,
the latest dollar devaluation, which set
new upper and lower limits of trading ati
2.9656 and 2.8350.
But while the dollar slid on Swiss ex-
changes the price of gold climbed more
than $10 an ounce, from an opening figure
of $79.25 an ounce to just over $90 before
closing, at around $86.

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