North Vietnam today (April 17) called for an end to American bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong and a resumption of the Paris Peace Talks.
GV EXT. & CU Sign North Vietnamese Mission, Paris (2 shots)
MV INT. Xuan Thuy seated at table
CU Xuan Thuy SOF in vietnamese
CU Translator in French
SOF IN:"Le gouvernment de la republique Democratique...."
OUT:"..comme a L'accoutume". pull out to Xuan Thuy with translator
CU Translator SOF "La cessation immediate...."
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Background: North Vietnam today (April 17) called for an end to American bombing of Hanoi and Haiphong and a resumption of the Paris Peace Talks.
Hanoi's chief negotiator at the talks - Xuan Thuy - told a press conference in Paris that it was vital that the Paris conference resume its work, and that the United States stop all its acts of war, particularly the bombing of North Vietnam.
Given these conditions, he said, there would be a basis for a political settlement of the Vietnam problem, and Mr Le Duc Tho, a senior Politburo member, would fly to France when the Conference resumed.
There was no immediate reaction from the U.S. delegation in Paris. american sources said any reaction would come from Washington.
SYNOPSIS: At the North Vietnamese Mission in Paris on Monday a call by Hanoi's chief negotiator at the Paris Peace Talks for an immediate end to American bombing of North Vietnam. Xuan Thuy made his demand at a specially arranged Press Conference......
Speaking in French the translator said the Vietnamese negotiator had drawn attention to the numerous statements made by the government of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, the provisional revolutionary government of the Republic of South Vietnam, and the North Vietnamese delegation in Paris demanding that the United States resume the Peace talks...
Xuan Thuy called for an immediate end to what he called the Americans' escalation of the war. He said North Vietnam demanded that the Americans respect the undertakings they themselves gave in 1968 for a total and unconditional and to the bombing of North Vietnam.