Royal Lao Government in Exile
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The Royal Lao Government in Exile (RLGE) is a Lao government in exile opposed to the Lao People's Democratic Republic. Its stated goal is to institute a democracy in Laos that ensures freedom, justice, peace, and prosperity for all Lao people. It is chaired by Khamphoui Sisavatdy, who previously served in the former Laos royal government under King Savang Vatthanaas as a Congressman and was a Professor of Lao History at Sisavangvong University. In 1972, he traveled to the United States with a Lao delegation to speak to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger concerning a series of proposed Geneva Convention treaties.
The royal Lao government was revived followed alleged violations of the Geneva Accords of 1954 and 1962, U.S. Congress Resolutions 240, 169, 309, and 318 and a European Parliamentary resolution on Laos in February 15, 2002.[by whom?] The Royal Lao Government in Exile is an interim government consisting of eighty representatives from Lao political organizations and associations.
Currently the only royal family member of Laos that is a member is General Prince Mounivong Kindavong.
In recent years the RLGE has demanded that Communist Vietnamese troops withdraw from Laos. They have also requested confirmation of this withdrawal, and that United Nations peace-keeping troops be mandated to enter Laos in order to ensure a smooth transition.
The Royal Lao Government in Exile claims to have about 900 anti-Communist fighters populating the border region of Laos, Thailand, and Cambodia. This has not, however, been confirmed by any independent sources.
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