Hanoi's chief negotiator, Le Duc Tho, returned to Paris on Saturday (6 Jan) to resume negotiations with President Nixon's special envoy, Dr.
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Mr. Tho said the Vietnamese people were determined not to yield in the face of any pressure or threats and would resist what he called the American aggression until it had been conquered.
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Background: Hanoi's chief negotiator, Le Duc Tho, returned to Paris on Saturday (6 Jan) to resume negotiations with President Nixon's special envoy, Dr. Henry Kissinger.
They are due to meet again on Monday.
The two men who broke off their secret discussions last month, will grapple with problems of dealing with sovereignty over South Vietnam, an internationally supervised cease fire and other issues holding up a peaceful settlement of the Vietnam war.
Speaking soon after arrival, Le Duc Tho said he had returned to Paris for "one more effort" to settle the war by peaceful means. "If the United States keeps demanding unreasonable changes, dealing with the principles and substance of the agreed accord (Oct 26) and prolongs and extends the war, then the Vietnamese people ... are determined not to yield...."
He added that the decisive moment had come. "It is now a question of either solving rapidly the Vietnamese problem and signing the agreed accord or continuing the war."
Dr. Kissinger is due to arrive in Paris form Washington on Sunday (7 Jan).
Meanwhile, high level technical talks have been continuing between North Vietnamese and U.S. officials.
SYNOPSIS: North Vietnam's chief negotiator to the Vietnam peace talks, Le Duc Tho, returned to Paris on Saturday for another round of negotiations with America's emissary, Dr. Henry Kissinger.
Mr. Tho flew in from Moscow, where he stopped over on the way back from Hanoi. His talks with Dr. Kissinger are due to resume on Monday.
The two men, who broke off negotiations last month, still have to agree on matters such as the question of sovereignty of South Vietnam, and an internationally controlled ceasefire, before a settlement is possible.
In a prepared statement soon after this arrival, Le Duc Tho said he had returned to make one more effort to settle the war by peaceful means. He said it was now a question of signing a peace accord rapidly, or continuing the war.