The son of the new South Vietnamese President, General Duong Van (Big) Minh, Mr. Duong?
GV AND TILT UP Block of Paris apartments. (2 shots)
SV INT. Duong Duc Minh, son of General Minh.
TRANSCRIPT: MR. MINH: "In accepting the responsibility, given the so hard time, he knew he was in danger himself but he had to do it to save as many people as he could -- to avoid the battle of Saigon which could mean the deaths of millions of Vietnamese and foreigners, mostly French, who are still in the country. Let us say it is of course a (word indistinct) all those who are joining this hard time. Their exemplary action by working very quietly in the Presidential residence, the North troops can only command our respect.....words indistinct....The Surrender was the only solution left to us in order to save whatever that is still salvageable of human lives. Following Vietnamese politics -- that is to spare suffering of our countrymen -- I will continue this work."
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EDITORS NOTE: This film includes a statement in English by General Minh's son, Mr. Doung Duc Minh, which is for use;
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Background: 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.