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Perot says US deserted POWs

WASHINGTON (Reuter) - Ross Perot, the Texas billionaire who dropped out of the presidential contest, told a special US Senate committee yesterday that he was absolutely convinced the United States had left American servicemen in Communist hands after the Vietnam war.

Mr Perot, who has had 23 years of close personal involvement with the prisoners of war issue, accused unnamed US officials of covering up the facts. 'There is no question in my mind that we left people behind and we left people in Laos and I think I can prove it to you,' said Mr Perot during his long-awaited testimony.