U.S. President Lyndon Johnson delivered a major policy speech Wednesday night (7 April) at the?
Johnson statement on unconditional discussions
Johnson statement on aid to Southeast Asia
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ 1: JOHNSON: "We will never be second in the search for such a peaceful settlement in Viet Nam. There may be many ways to this kind of peach: in discussion or negotiation with the governments concerned, in large groups or in small ones, in the reaffirmation of old agreements or their strengthening with now ones. We have stated this position over and over again 50 times and more to friend and foe alike. And we remain ready, with this purpose for unconditional discussions.
SEQ 2: Stability and peace do not come easily in such a land. Neither independence nor human dignity will ever be won, though, by arms alone. It also requires the work of peace. The American people have helped generously in times past in these works, and now there must be a much more massive effort to improve the life of man in that conflict torn corner of our world. The first step is for the countries of Southeast Asia to associate themselves in a greatly expanded cooperative effort for development. We would hope that North Vietnam would take its place in the common effort just as soon as peaceful cooperation is possible. The United Nations is already actively engaged in development in this area, and as far back in 1961 I conferred with our authorities in Viet Nam in connection with their work there. And I would hope tonight that the Secretary General of the United Nations could use the prestige of his great office and his deep knowledge of Asia to initiate as soon as possible with the countries of that area a plan for cooperation in increased development. For our part I will ask the Congress to join in a billion-dollar American investment in this effort as soon as it is under way."
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Background: U.S. President Lyndon Johnson delivered a major policy speech Wednesday night (7 April) at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. He announced a willingness to begin "unconditional" negotiations aimed at a peaceful settlement in South Viet Nam, and urged a new program of economic development for all of Southeast Asia. He said he would ask for an American investment of one billion dollars (1,000,000,000) in the program, and called on U Thant the Secretary General of the United Nations, to initiate plans for cooperation among the nations concerned.
Our film shows Mr. Johnson making the following statements on unconditional negotiations and economic aid: