Memorandum for Joseph Califano (author unknown) Reporting that the Lao Deputy Prime Minister Would Like to Expand Military Operations in the North, early October 1964


Source: The Pentagon Papers, Gravel Edition, Volume 3, pp. 580


MEMORANDUM FOR MR. JOSEPH A. CALIFANO, JR.

SUBJECT: Item for Weekly Report to the President

Lao Deputy Prime Minister Would Like to Expand Military Operations in the North.

General Phoumi Nosavan, Deputy Prime Minister in the coalition government of Laos, visited Washington from October 3 to 7. His chief objective in his talks in Washington seemed to be to sound out U.S. attitudes toward Laos, also toward possible changes in the government of National Union and, during conversations at the Department of Defense, to seek support for expending military operations largely of a clandestine, guerrilla type in Northern Laos. These proposed operations, which would cut deeply into territory held by the Pathet Lao at the time of the Geneva 1962 settlement, would seek to deny communist access from North Viet Nam to the strategic Plaine des Jarres. General Phoumi was informed that the U.S. would continue its efforts to gain adherence to the 1962 Geneva agreements and stabilize the situation in Laos.


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