• Short Summary

    THE DEMILITARISED ZONE, DIVIDING SOUTH AND NORTH VIETNAM IS BEING CLEARED TO PREVENT INFILTRATIONS BY VIET CONG FORCES FROM AREAS NORTH FOF THE ZONE.

  • Description

    THE DEMILITARISED ZONE, DIVIDING SOUTH AND NORTH VIETNAM IS BEING CLEARED TO PREVENT INFILTRATIONS BY VIET CONG FORCES FROM AREAS NORTH FOF THE ZONE.

    AMERICAN AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE ENGINEERS ARE RAZING A STRIP OF LAND 200 YARDS (200 METRES) WIDE BELOW THE DEMILITARISED ZONE. CLEARING OF THE STRIP BEGAN ON APRIL 13.

    PEOPLE LIVING IN VILLAGES ALONG THE LINE OF THE CLEARING ARE BEING EVACUATED. SIXTY FAMILIES HAVE ALREADY BEEN MOVED, BUT IT IS INTENDED THAT EVENTUALLY 20-THOUSAND PEOPLE WILL BE MOVED TO OTHER AREAS.

    THE FIRST SECTION BEING CLEARED EXTENDS SEVEN MILES (11 KM) FROM GIA LINH, THE NORTHERN MOST SOUTH VIETNAM GOVERNMENT OUTPOST, TO ANOTHER STRONGLY FORTIFIED POSITION. EVENTUALLY, THE CLEARED STRIP MAY EXTEND RIGHT TO LAOS.

    THE CLEARING WILL BE FRINGED BY BARBED WIRE. THE CENTRE WILL BE MINED AND THE ENTIRE STRIP WILL BE SURVEYED BY HIGHLY-SENSITIVE RADAR DEVICES WHICH CAN DETECT AND MOVEMENT ACROSS IT.

    (ON TUESDAY THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE ADMINISTRATION PROPOSED A GENERAL WITHDRAWAL BY ALL FORCES FROM THE DEMILITARISED ZONE AS A FIRST STEP TOWARD ENDING THE CONFLICT. THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE PROPOSAL, A RESPONSE TO A FOUR-POINT PEACE PAN MADE BY THE CANADIAN EXTERNAL AFFAIR MINISTER, MR. PAUL MARTIN, ALSO CONTAINED A STATEMENT SAYING SOUTH VIETNAMESE OFFICIALS WERE PREPARED AT ANY TIME TO MEET REPRESENTATIVES OF NORTH VIETNAM, EITHER DIRECTLY OR THROUGH THE GOOD OFFICE OF THIRD PARTY).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5JX1GC83VNPNWD8VBPORPUWIC
    Media URN:
    VLVA5JX1GC83VNPNWD8VBPORPUWIC
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:44:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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