There are about 37,000 prisoners of war held in South Vietnam. Most of them are?
There are about 37,000 prisoners of war held in South Vietnam. Most of them are Viet Cong, but many others are North Vietnamese troops and others captured fighting on the Viet Cong side.
In his Indochina policy speech earlier this month, President Nixon of the United States proposed the unconditional release of prisoners of war as one way of bringing the fighting in South East Asia to an end.
The response to President Nixon's call for the release of prisoners has been less than enthusiastic. The Saigon Government says it is still considering the proposal along with all the other proposals in Nixon's policy speech. The Viet Cong and the Government of North Vietnam, through their representatives at the peace talks in Paris, have dismissed the President's speech as propaganda but they have not turned down the proposals contained in it.
President Nixon said that war and imprisonment should be over for all these prisoners. They and their families had already suffered too much, he said: Their immediate release would be a simple act of humanity. But it could also serve to establish good faith, he added, and improve the prospects for negotiating peace.