The Paris Peace Talks were continued on Thursday (October 12) while France herself was protesting at the apparent bombing of her Mission in Hanoi.
The Paris Peace Talks were continued on Thursday (October 12) while France herself was protesting at the apparent bombing of her Mission in Hanoi. The United States, has not admitted liability for the incident, in which several North Vietnamese staff were killed and the head of the Mission was badly wounded. The Americans pointed out the destruction could have been caused by a North Vietnamese missile fired at their planes.
Dr Henry Kiasinger, President Nixon's special adviser on Vietnam, flew back to the United States on Thursday to report on his latest negotiations behind the scenes. The outcome remained secret, but observers noted that the discussions were the longest consecutive sessions - at least four days - since Dr Kissinger began his secret talks. They think peace in Indo-China could be nearer, though one stumbling-block to a settlement is the position of the South Vietnamese President, Nguyen Van Thieu. President Nixon supports him, but senator George McGovern, his opponent in the forthcoming Presidential election, has made it clear he would drop President Thieu as part of his plan to end the war.
SYNOPSIS: In Paris the Vietnam peace talks resumed on Thursday. They restarted under the shadow of the destruction of the French mission in Hanoi -- an act for which American bombs were blamed.
Madame Binh, the Viet Cong delegate. was the first to arrive. But she gave no indication of what progress had been made recently either in the conference chamber or in the behind-the-scenes talks.
Mr. William Porter, the American representative, was equally tight-lipped on how talks had gone.
As the other parties arrived, observers were speculating on the outcome of the lengthy unofficial talks which had been going on for at least four days between North Vietnam's top negotiators, Le Duc Tho and Xuan Thuy, and President Nixon's special Envoy, Dr. Henry Kissinger. Dr. Kissinger flew back to Washington Thursday to report to President Nixon amid strong rumours that progress has been made. One stumbling-block recently has been the position of President Nguyen Van Thieu, whom President Nixon has strongly supported as South Vietnamese head of state.