Hopes of peace have been the major topic for the newspapers and conversation in Saigon with what may be the final discussions in Paris negotiating the end of the Vietnam war.
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Background: Hopes of peace have been the major topic for the newspapers and conversation in Saigon with what may be the final discussions in Paris negotiating the end of the Vietnam war.
On Tuesday (November 21) United States Presidential adviser, Dr. Henry Kissinger, began the latest round of discussions in Paris with North Vietnamese leader, Le Duc Tho.
Mr. Tho and Dr. Kissinger worked privately at a villa in Gif-Sur-Yvette, about 15 miles (25 kms) from the centre of Paris. There has been no word on which points were being discussed in the present round of talks.
In Saigon, the newspapers are running headline stories daily on the Paris talks, highlighting any statements from President Nixon or President Thieu.
But the name that recurs over and over again in the Saigon newspapers is that of Dr. Kissinger, who is now at least as well known as President Nixon.
President Thieu's government in Saigon have taken a wary view of the Paris talks.
The United States negotiator kept in close touch with South Vietnamese officials to ensure that President Thieu's government was in agreement with his position in peace negotiations.
SYNOPSIS: In South Vietnam, peace hopes were headline news on Tuesday, the day the latest round of talks began in Paris. United States negotiator, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and North Vietnamese leader, Le Duc Tho, were discussing in Paris what could be final steps to end the Vietnam War.
The numbers of Americans in Saigon are dropping rapidly. U.S. troops are leaving South Vietnam at the rate of one to two thousand a week. Spirits among the American troops remaining in Vietnam were high. Most were convinced they would be home by Christmas. Even if there was no ceasefire in the immediate future the rate of withdrawal of U.S. troops is expected to rise considerably between now and the end of the year. President Thieu's Saigon Government have taken a wary view of the Paris talks. But Dr. Kissinger was keeping in close contact with South Vietnamese officials. The people of South Vietnam began to show guarded optimism of peace with the return of Dr. Kissinger to Paris, and apparent North Vietnamese willingness to continue the talks.
South Korean troops are rarely given leave in Saigon. But recently, they have been touring the city in small groups. For many it is their first and almost surely their last look at Saigon. At present South Korea has thirty-seven-thousand combat troops in Vietnam, six-thousand more than the U.S.