2017-01-26 04:39:57 UTC
Had a chance to read something rather interesting so just want to ask.
"In late 1975, the Hmong from Nam Phong and some other camps were re-located to the newly-created Ban Vinai Camp, Pak Chom District in Loei province. Support for the camp was placed with the UNHCR, as with other refugee camps in Thailand. Most of the Hmong refugee leadership who had escaped from Laos were at Ban Vinai.
In early 1976 Rosenblatt and Daniels arranged a pivotal meeting with the Hmong leadership, so that the U.S. side could hear directly from the Hmong about their own wishes for their people’s future. The Hmong leaders opened the meeting by asking that the U.S. thereafter refer to them as Hmong, meaning free men or people, and not Meo with its "savage" connotation. We readily agreed to this change in nomenclature and this is why the Hmong who were known as Meo during the war years in Laos became known as Hmong in the U.S.
At the Ban Vinai meeting, Hmong leaders then stated that they would like U.S. government weapons to take and hold Sayaboury province in Laos, which some Hmong maintained had been promised to the Hmong by the U.S. in the event that Laos fell to the communists; a list of weapons desired was handed to the U.S. delegation. The U.S. side stated that this was not a viable option.
The second choice of the Hmong leaders was for them to be re-grouped in an area of Thailand where they could live on their own. We indicated that Thailand would not likely agree to this.
The third choice was to resettle in a third country, all living together. The U.S. side indicated that this would not be feasible, but that we would work toward giving Hmong with close associations to the U.S. the opportunity to resettle in the U.S. We explained that the program was still not finally approved in Washington, but that if and when it was, Hmong would be dispersed around the United States with the voluntary agencies finding sponsors for each family, as was done for the Indochinese evacuees and refugees commencing in April 1975. We indicated that Jerry Daniels, with his first-hand familiarity with the Hmong role in Laos, would take the lead in selecting the family heads for resettlement, but that no family would be forced to apply for U.S. resettlement. With some reluctance, the Hmong agreed to these terms"