United States Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger and North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho met?
GV Conference Building
CU Road sign "Avenue Kleber"
SV Pressmen waiting outside conference building
LV Le Duo Tho waves to crowd and then enters building
LV PAN Kissinger's car arrives
LV Kissinger being greeted, waves to crowd and then enters building
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Background: United States Secretary of State Dr. Henry Kissinger and North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho met for five hours in Paris on Thursday (20 December) to discuss the deterioration situation in South Vietnam.
Dr. Kissinger made no comment as he left the Avenue Kleber International Conference Centre. He planned to drive almost immediately to Orly Airport to fly to Geneva for the Middle East Peace Conference which opens on Friday (December 21).
Between two sessions with Mr. Tho, Dr. Kissinger had 75 minutes of talks with President Pompidou, reviewing the chances of peace between the Arabs and Israelis.
Dr. Kissinger and Mr. Tho emerged smiling from their first session of talks but there was no indication of what they talked about.
Mr. Tho, a North Vietnamese Politburo member, said when he arrived in Paris on Monday (December 17): "If the United States and the Saigon administration continue their systematic violations of the Paris Peace Agreement, was shall not remain idle with folded arms." He also called on the United States to start carrying out its pledge of economic aid to North Vietnam.
When he arrived in Paris, Dr. Kissinger said the parties to the original Vietnam Peace Agreement should do all in their power to reduce the dangers of further fighting.