On Thursday (17 May) President Nixon's National Security Adviser Dr. Henry Kissinger arrived at Nom?
On Thursday (17 May) President Nixon's National Security Adviser Dr. Henry Kissinger arrived at Nom La Breteche, just outside Paris, to start a new round of Vietnam talks with Le Duc Tho, the Hanoi Politburo member. The talks are aimed at salvaging the January Vietnam ceasefire agreement, and ending the fighting in the Khmer Republic. They are meeting again on Friday. 18 May.
Nine sweeping operations off the coast of North Vietnam were abandoned by the United States last month, following reports of North Vietnamese troops infiltrating south. Negotiations on United States post-war economic aid to Hanoi also ceased.
Dr. Kissinger said on Thursday (17 May) that he hoped to speed up the normalisation of relations between the United States and North Vietnam.
While Dr. Kissinger and Le Duc Tho were talking, delegates from both North and South Vietnam arrived at La Celle St. Cloud, near Paris, to resume peace settlement talks.
The North Vietnam delegation was headed by Nguyen Van Thieu, Ngyen Lu Vien was the Chief Saigon delegate.
Both sides began talks more than a month ago the broke down immediately in disagreement.
The North Vietnamese are demanding an end to United States involvement in Vietnam and guaranties of basic democratic freedoms in the South. South Vietnam wants free elections and the setting up of a National Council of Reconciliation to supervise the voting.