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    PRESIDENT NIXON YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) ADMITTED THAT HIS EFFORTS TO END THE VIETNAM WAR WERE NOT GOING AS WELL AS HOPED, BUT HE REJECTED THE IDEA OF A SPECIFIC TIMETABLE FOR A U.

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    NIXON ENTERS PRESS CONFERENCE; NIXON SPEAKS. (SOF-TELERECORDING)



    TRANSCRIPT: NIXON: "I WOULD I HOPE I WILL NOT BE DOING AS WELL AS I WOULD HOPE, UNTIL THE WAR IS ENDED. I WOULD POINT, HOWEVER, TO SOME PROGRESS. WE POINT FIRST TO THE FACT THAT WE HAVE ANNOUNCED THAT 60,000 AMERICANS WILL BE RETURNING FROM VIETNAM. WE POINT SECOND TO THE FACT THAT AS A RESULT OF THAT AND OTHER ACTIONS THAT 50,000 AMERICANS WHO OTHERWISE MIGHT HAVE BEEN DRAFTED BEFORE THE END OF THE YEAR WILL NOT BE DRAFTED. IN ADDITION TO THAT WE FIND THAT INFILTRATION WHICH TELLS US A LOT ABOUT THE ENEMY'S FUTURE CAPABILITIES, LOOKING AT THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF THIS YEAR IS TWO THIRDS LESS THAN IT WAS IN THE CORRESPONDING PERIOD OF LAST YEAR. WE FIND THAT AMERICAN CASUALTIES ARE DOWN ONE THIRD FROM WHAT THEY WERE OVER THE SAME NINE MONTH PERIOD LAST YEAR. WE FIND ALSO THAT ON THE NEGOTIATING FRONT, THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS MADE A FAR REACHING AND COMPREHENSIVE PEACE OFFER. A PEACE OFFER WHICH OFFERS NOT ONLY MUTUAL WITHDRAWAL OF FORCES, AN INTERNATIONALLY GUARANTEED CEASEFIRE, INTERNATIONALLY SUPERVISED ELECTIONS IN WHICH WE WILL ACCEPT THE RESULT OF ELECTIONS AND THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE WILL AS WELL, EVEN IF IT IS A COMMUNIST GOVERNMENT AND BY MAKING THAT OFFER, WE HAVE REVERSED THE WHOLE TIDE OF WORLD AND PUBLIC OPINION. I KNOW THAT WHEN I WAS AT THE U.N., I FOUND NO SIGNIFICANT CRITICISM OF THE U.S. POLICIES. NOW IS THE TIME FOR HANOI TO MAKE THE NEXT MOVE. WE CERTAINLY HAVE MADE IT. THERE IS ONE THING HOWEVER, WHICH I SHOULD EMPHASISE THAT IS NOT NEGOTIABLE. WE WILL TALK ABOUT ANYTHING ELSE. WHAT IS NOT NEGOTIABLE IS THE RIGHT OF THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH VIETNAM TO CHOOSE THEIR OWN LEADERS WITHOUT OUTSIDE INTERFERENCE, EITHER BY US OR BY ANYBODY ELSE. WE BELIEVE THAT LIMITED GOAL MUST BE ONE THAT WE MUST INSIST ON. WE BELIEVE THAT IT CAN BE ACHIEVED AND WE BELIEVE THAT WE STAY ON THIS COURSE AND IF WE CAN HAVE SOME MORE SUPPORT IN THE NATION, WE HAVE A LOT OF SUPPORT, BUT EVEN MORE SUPPORT IN THE NATION FOR THIS STEADY COURSE THAT THE ENEMY THEN WILL HAVE THE INCENTIVE TO NEGOTIATE.




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    Background: PRESIDENT NIXON YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) ADMITTED THAT HIS EFFORTS TO END THE VIETNAM WAR WERE NOT GOING AS WELL AS HOPED, BUT HE REJECTED THE IDEA OF A SPECIFIC TIMETABLE FOR A U.S. WITHDRAWAL. THE PRESIDENT WAS SPEAKING AT HIS FIRST PRESS CONFERENCE FOR MORE THAN THREE MONTHS.

    MR. NIXON TOLD NEWSMEN HIS OBJECTIVE WAS STILL TO END THE FIGHTING BY THE END OF 1970. BUT TO SET A FIXED DATE FOR AN AMERICAN PULL-OUT, HE SAID, WOULD ENCOURAGE THE COMMUNISTS TO CARRY ON FIGHTING AND THUS SPOIL HIS EFFORTS TO END THE WAR AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

    THE PRESIDENT ALSO APPEALED FOR THE SUPPORT OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE IN HIS BID TO END THE VIETNAM WAR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA41ZHU5USXC0DOWRMK3DAY2AXM
    Media URN:
    VLVA41ZHU5USXC0DOWRMK3DAY2AXM
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/09/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:14:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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