Yong Chanthalansy, a spokesman for the Lao Foreign Ministry, said Tuesday morning in a telephone interview that the Laotian government "guarantees that these Hmong will not be prosecuted.
They will be sent back to lead a normal life." He
also said the matter was a "totally internal affair of Laos" and the UNHCR
has no reason to intervene.
"They are not the refugees who have escaped from a war-torn country," he