United States presidential envoy Dr. Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese negotiator Le Duc Tho were?
United States presidential envoy Dr. Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese negotiator Le Duc Tho were jeered by newsmen in Paris on Tuesday (January 23) as they went into a meeting together refusing to make a statement. After the meeting, the last of 23 in the preliminary sessions before resumption of the semi-public peace talks this week, the two negotiators emerged smiling and shook hands before parting. Dr. Kissinger flew to the United States to report to President Nixon.
Also in Paris, although not at the meeting, were Viet Cong representative Madame Binh, and South Vietnamese Foreign Minister Tran van Lam, hoping to join the semi-public talks. Tuesday's meeting and Kissinger's departure for Washington led to world-wide speculation that peace in Vietnam was close at hand.
SYNOPSIS: The last of twenty-three secret meetings between United States and North Vietnamese negotiators took place in Paris, France, on Tuesday - setting the scene for the expected resumption this week of the bigger, semi-public talks. The routine was the same, despite mounting speculation that a cease-fire was about to be signed before the semi-public talks. North Vietnamese senior negotiator Le Duc Tho and U.S. Presidential envoy Dr. Henry Kissinger arrived in their black motor-cars and went into the meeting without making statements - stopping only to pose for the now-familiar photographs. But this time, disappointed newsmen expecting a statement jeered them as they turned away to walk inside.
Next, the interminable waiting as newsmen gathered on the pavement outside - seeking some solace from a solitary heater against the bitter, biting, winter winds. This time, four hours.... Also in Paris, but not at Tuesday's meeting, were Viet Cong negotiator Madame Binh and South Vietnamese Foreign Minister Tran van Lam, who was hoping to join the semi-public talks.
Kissinger and Le Duc Tho eventually emerged....smiling, but still with nothing to say. More unusually, they shook hands, before Dr. Kissinger left for Washington to report to President Nixon. This surprise departure led to increased speculation across the world that a cease-fire, North Vietnam's pre-condition for the resumption of semi-public talks, was about to be signed.