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    AN ADVANCE PARTY FOR NORTH VIETNAM'S SIDE AT FRIDAY'S PARIS PEACE TALKS WITH THE UNITED STATES ARRIVED IN THE FRENCH CAPITAL TODAY (TUESDAY).

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    AN ADVANCE PARTY FOR NORTH VIETNAM'S SIDE AT FRIDAY'S PARIS PEACE TALKS WITH THE UNITED STATES ARRIVED IN THE FRENCH CAPITAL TODAY (TUESDAY). THE 23 MEMBER TEAM, LED BY COLONEL HA VAN LAU, INCLUDED TWO WOMEN. COLONEL LAU SAID ON ARRIVAL THAT HE WAS 'OPTIMISTIC' ABOUT THE OUTCOME OF THE TALKS. HIS PARTY IS TO PREPARE THE TECHNICAL ARRANGEMENTS FOR THE DISCUSSIONS.

    THE NORTH VIETNAMESE WERE MET A PARIS AIRPORT BY TWO FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTRY OFFICIALS, TWO MEMBERS OF THE FRENCH COMMUNIST PARTY CENTRAL COMMITTEE AND MEMBERS OF NORTH VIETNAM'S LEGATION IN PARIS. A GROUP OF ABOUT 50 VIETNAMESE APPLAUDED AND PRESENTED THE DELEGATION WITH BOUQUETS OF RED TULIPS. COLONEL LAU WAS ONE OF THE NEGOTIATORS DURING THE 1954 GENEVA AGREEMENTS WHICH ENDED THE FRENCH INDOCHINA WAR. HE IS THE HEAD OF THE NORTH VIETNAMESE ARMY'S LIAISON MISSION WITH THE THREE-NATION CONTROL COMMISSION OF VIETNAM (CANADA, INDIA AND POLAND) WHICH SUPERVISES THE GENEVA ACCORDS.

    THE PROPOSED SITE FOR THE PARIS TALKS IS THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE NEAR THE ARC DE TRIOMPHE. THE CENTRE IS THE FORMER MAJESTIC HOTEL WHICH SERVED DURING THE GERMAN WARTIME OCCUPATION OF FRANCE AS PARIS HEADQUARTERS OF HITLER'S GESTAPO. IT HAS RECENTLY BEEN USED BY THE FRENCH FOREIGN MINISTRY FOR ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES AND A WIDE RANGE OF MEETINGS. ALTHOUGH THE CENTRE HASN'T BEEN FORMALLY APPROVED BY NORTH VIETNAM AND THE UNITED STATES, THE CARETAKER HAS BEEN ORDERED "TO WASH THE DOOR AND THE STAIRCASE FROM THE BASEMENT TO THE TOP FLOOR." OFFICIALS FROM BOTH NEGOTIATING SIDES VISITED THE CENTRE TODAY AND ADVISED THEIR GOVERNMENTS ON ITS SUITABILITY.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA69JEFWQXKTG7YCEMHLKSOL11A
    Media URN:
    VLVA69JEFWQXKTG7YCEMHLKSOL11A
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    07/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:37:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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