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Coup & Counter-Coup in Laos History


The neutralist military faction led by Kong Le In August 1960, seized Vientiane in a coup d'etat. Souvanna Phoum was recalled from France to serve as prime minister. Rightist General Phoumi Novasan agreed at first to support the new government and to allow LPF participation.

The neutralist military faction led by Kong Le In August 1960, seized Vientiane in a coup d'etat. Souvanna Phoum was recalled from France to serve as prime minister. Rightist General Phoumi Novasan agreed at first to support the new government and to allow LPF participation. He later withdrew with his troops to Southern Laos. Enjoying US support, in December he attacked Vientiane and then took over control from the neutralists in a CIA-rigged election. Kong Le retreated to Xieng Khuang, where he and his troops joined forces with the PL and North Vietnamese. This new coalition was supplied with armaments by the USSR and by 1961 they controlled virtually all of Northern and Eastern Laos.

When US president John F Kennedy, first announced that he would intervene with US troops to prevent a communist takeover of Laos, a superpower confrontation threatened to erupt. In May 1961, a 14-nation conference convened in Geneva to try and thwart the crisis. In July 1962, a set of agreements was signed after lengthy negotiations, which provided for an independent, neutral Laos. The International Commission for Supervision & Control (ICSQ) was to monitor the observance of these agreements.

A second Government of National Union was formed the following month, a coalition of Prince Boun Ouen representing the rightist military, Souphanouvong for the PL and Souvanna Phouma for the neutralist military. Meanwhile the US pulled out all of its 666military advisers
and support staff. Completely ignoring Geneva and the ICSC, seven thousand North Vietnamese ground troops remained in Laos.

The second attempt to form a coalition didn't last long. Skirmishes occurred between PL and neutralist troops over the administration of the communist controlled northeast. With an unprovoked attack against Kong Le's neutralist headquarters, the PL seriously upset the three party balance of power. Kong Le reacted by allying himself with the rightists.

A rapid series of coups and counter-coups in 1964 resulted in the final alignment of the neutralist and right-wing factions on the one side, and the PL on the other. From then on, the leadership of the PL refused outright to consider any offers of coalition or national election. They did not believe they would be given a voice in governing the country if either of the other two factions were in power. Instead in direct contravention of the Geneva accord, they continued to look to the North Vietnamese for support, which eventually resulted in allowing seven North Vietnamese Army (NVA) divisions into North-Eastern Laos.

 
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