United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said on Tuesday (16 October) that his shared award of the Nobel Peace Prize represented a recognition of the central purpose of President Nixon's foreign policy -- the achievement of a lasting peace.
SV & GV Kissinger and Le Duc Tho in Paris, 1972 (4 (shots)
GV Kissinger enters conference room. (Natural Sound)
SCU Kissinger speaks to press.
THE FILM INCLUDES NATURAL SOUND OF DR. KISSINGER'S SPEECH. THE FOLLOWING IS A TRANSCRIPT OF HIS REMARKS.
KISSINGER: "You know that I didn't expect anything today. Nothing that has happened to me in public life has moved me more than this award. When I shall receive the award together with my old colleague in the search for peace in Vietnam, Le Duc Tho, I hope that the occasion will at last mark the end, or will symbolise the end, of the anguish and suffering that Vietnam has meant for so many millions of people around the world. That's the most important goal any administration can set itself...is to work for a world in which the award will become irrelevant, because peace will have become so normal and so much taken for granted that no awards for it will have to be given. Thank you very much."
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Background: United States Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said on Tuesday (16 October) that his shared award of the Nobel Peace Prize represented a recognition of the central purpose of President Nixon's foreign policy -- the achievement of a lasting peace.
Doctor Kissinger shared the prize with the North Vietnamese politburo member Le Duc Tho in recognition of their negotiations to end the Vietnam War.
The Secretary of State said he was grateful to President Nixon for giving him the opportunity and creating the conditions for the Vietnam peace negotiations to reach a successful conclusion.
Doctor Kissinger and Mr. Tho negotiated for many months in Paris to work out a peace settlement, which was eventually signed in January this year.
SYNOPSIS: Doctor Henry Kissinger of the United States and Le Duc Tho of North Vietnam -- seen at the Paris Peace Talked in 1972. Their aim was a negotiated peace settlement in Vietnam, and they achieved it in January this year. For their efforts the two diplomate were awarded on Tuesday the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize. Doctor Kissinger said his part of the award represented recognition of President Nixon's aim of lasting world peace.
Doctor Kissinger -- now Secretary of State -- told newsman he was grateful to President Nixon for allowing him the opportunity to help towards a peace settlement.