A survey of political and economic developments in Laos during 1967. Neutralist Prince Souvanna Phouma renewed his attempts to promote national integration and cohesion through economic development, education, and administrative measures. As in previous years, the U.S. foreign aid program provided funds for the struggle against the Pathet Lao, resettlement of refugees, and economic development. No striking change occurred in the military situation during 1967. The Pathet Lao and their North Vietnamese sponsors continued to hold almost half of Laos, but they controlled no more than 20 percent of the total population. Statements of Pathet Lao and North Vietnamese prisoners and defectors confirm that the North Vietnamese have come to play an important role in maintaining a high level of insurgency in Laos.
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