The son of the new South Vietnamese President, General Duong Van (Big) Minh, Mr. Duong?
The son of the new South Vietnamese President, General Duong Van (Big) Minh, Mr. Duong Duc Minh, said in Paris on Wednesday that his father knew he was in danger when he accepted the presidency.
Mr. Minh said his father became President to avoid the battle of Saigon, which could have meant the deaths of millions of Vietnamese and foreigners, mostly French, who were still in the country.
General Minh relieved President Tran Van Huong, who succeeded former President Nyugen Van Thieu, to permit negotiations for a ceasefire with the communists.
His son said that Saigon's surrender was the only solution left in order to save human lives.
The whereabouts of General Minh are not known. Various correspondents in Saigon reported that he was seen taken away -- presumably under arrest -- by a Vietcong General to an unknown destination.