U.S. Presidential adviser, Dr Henry Kissinger, flew back to Washington Thursday night (12 October) after?
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Background: U.S. Presidential adviser, Dr Henry Kissinger, flew back to Washington Thursday night (12 October) after four days of intensive secret Vietnam peace negotiations with North Vietnamese officials in Paris. He went immediately to the White House to report to President Nixon. But neither Washington nor Hanoi would comment on the secret Paris negotiations.
Dr Kissinger spent five days in Paris and twice postponed his departure. He met Hanoi officials Le Duc Tho and Xuan Thuy for four straight days and possibly had a last meeting with Mr Tho Thursday, although this was not confirmed.
The future organisation of political power in Saigon after the U.S. withdraws its forces from South Vietnam was believed to be at the heart of the secret Paris talks. Some officials in Washington have speculated that the two sides remain deadlocked on the key issue of the future role of South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu.
Although the White House refused to discuss Dr Kissinger's plans, he is expected to return to Paris soon to press President Nixon's efforts to reach a settlement before the U.S. presidential election on 7 November.
SYNOPSIS: U.S. Presidential adviser, Dr. Henry Kissinger, flew into Washington on Thursday, after four days of secret Vietnam peace negotiations in Paris. Neither Hanoi nor Washington have commented on this latest round of talks between Dr Kissinger and North Vietnamese officials Le Duc Tho and Xuan Thuy.
Dr. Kissinger had spent five days in Paris and twice postponed his departure. There is a growing belief by government official in Washington that the Vietnam peace negotiations have narrowed to the crucial point of the make-up of a future government in South Vietnam. But political observers believe the two sides remain deadlocked on the key issue of the future role of South Vietnam's President Nguyen Van Thieu.
Dr. Kissinger is expected to return to Paris to press President Nixon's efforts to reach a settlement before the presidential election in November. But Mr Nixon has said the election will have no bearing on the terms of a possible settlement.