• Short Summary

    U.S. DEFENCE SECRETARY MELVIN LAIRD MET SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT LEADERS IN SAIGON ON SATURDAY (8?

  • Description

    U.S. DEFENCE SECRETARY MELVIN LAIRD MET SOUTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT LEADERS IN SAIGON ON SATURDAY (8 MARCH) FOR TALKS BELIEVED TO CONCERN POSSIBLE RETALIATION AGAINST RECENT VIET CONG SHELLINGS OF SOUTH VIETNAMESE CITIES.

    MR. LAIRD, WHO IS CURRENTLY ON A WEEK-LONG FACT-FINDING TOUR OF SOUTH VIETNAM, WAS RECEIVED AT THE INDEPENDENCE PALACE BY PRESIDENT NGUYEN VAN THIEU AND VICE-PRESIDENT NGUYEN CAO KY.

    THE DEFENCE SECRETARY WAS ACCOMPANIED TO THE PALACE BY AMBASSADOR ELLSWORTH BUNKER; THE CHAIRMAN OF THE U.S. JOINT CHIEFS OF STAFF, GENERAL EARLE WHEELER, AND THE U.S. COMMANDER IN SOUTH VIETNAM, GENERAL CREIGHTON ABRAMS.

    LATER, MR. LAIRD SAID THAT HE AND PRESIDENT THIEU HAD DISCUSSED THE LATEST PARIS PEACE TALKS PROBLEMS. HE ADDED THAT HE BELIEVED THE INTENTION OF THE CURRENT VIET CONG OFFENSIVE WAS TO INFLUENCE THE PARIS PEACE TALKS, THE SITUATION IN SOUTH VIETNAM AND TO INFLUENCE PEOPLE IN THE UNITED STATES.

    MR. LAIRD ARRIVED IN SAIGON LAST THURSDAY (6 MARCH).

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5L99AU5BD4FGRLO0GF3K64B88
    Media URN:
    VLVA5L99AU5BD4FGRLO0GF3K64B88
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    09/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:41:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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