• Short Summary

    AN UNOFFICIAL THREE-MAN MISSION RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) AFTER A 10-DAY VISIT TO HANOI.

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    THREE MEN ARRIVING AT KENNEDY AIRPORT; MEMBER OF MISSION PROFESSOR STAUGHTON LYND OF YALE UNIVERSITY READING A STATEMENT.



    TRANSCRIPT: PROFESSOR STAUGHTON: "WE THINK THAT AS SEEN FROM HANOI THERE IS A DEEP INCONSISTENCY IN UNITED STATES POLICY BETWEEN A PEACEFUL POSTURE LOOKING TOWARDS A NEGOTIATED SETTLEMENT AND AN INTERVENTIONIST POSTURE WHICH HAS ENDURED THE PERMANENT PARTITION OF VIETNAM AND AN EXPANDED WAR.



    "THIS TWO-SIDEDNESS MAKES UNITED STATES POLICY SEEM HYPOCRITICAL AND SUSPECT TO THE VIETNAMESE WHO HEAR OVERTURES OF PEACE BUT ALSO PLEDGES TO STAY IN VIETNAM; WHO KNOW OF THE PAUSE IN THE BOMBING BUT ALSO OBSERVE A DAILY MILITARY BUILD-UP IN THE SOUTH.



    "FOR THOSE TO WHOM WE TALKED IN VIETNAM, THE RECORD OF EVENTS IN RECENT WEEKS PROVES CLEARLY THE CONTINUING INCONSISTENCY OF AMERICAN POLICY. AMERICAN AMBASSADORS HAVE GONE ALL OVER THE WORLD TO KNOCK ON ANY DOOR SEEKING PEACE, BUT PREMIER PHAM VAN DONG, IN RESPONSE TO OUR QUESTIONS, STATED UNEQUIVOCALLY THAT THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT HAD NOT MADE CONTACT WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF THE D.R.V. (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM), EITHER AT HANOI OR THROUGH D.R.V. AMBASSADORS IN OTHER CAPITALS SINCE PRESIDENT JOHNSON SPOKE OF 'KNOCKING ON ANY DOOR' DECEMBER 20TH.



    "WE ASSUME THAT THE UNITED STATES, IN KEEPING WITH PREVIOUS POLICY, HAS NOT SOUGHT TO MAKE CONTACT WITH N.F.L. (NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT) REPRESENTATIVES EITHER.



    "TO THOSE WITH WHOM WE SPOKE IN VIETNAM IT APPEARS THAT THE UNITED STATES KNOCKS ON ALL DOORS EXCEPT THE DOORS OF THOSE IT IS FIGHTING. THEY WONDER IF THE UNITED STATES IS SEARCHING FOR PEACE OR MAINLY ATTEMPTING TO SOFTEN ITS IMAGE BEFORE NEGATIVE PUBLIC OPINION ABROAD AND AT HOME."




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    Background: AN UNOFFICIAL THREE-MAN MISSION RETURNED TO THE UNITED STATES YESTERDAY (SUNDAY) AFTER A 10-DAY VISIT TO HANOI. A STATEMENT ISSUED BY TWO MEMBERS SAID THE UNITED STATES HAD NOT BEEN IN TOUCH WITH HANOI EITHER DIRECTLY OR INDIRECTLY SINCE PRESIDENT JOHNSON LAUNCHED HIS "PEACE OFFENSIVE" ON VIETNAM.

    IN THE STATEMENT HE SAID:
    THE THREE MEN ARE PROFESSOR STAUGHTON LYND, AN ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF HISTORY AT YALE UNIVERSITY, THOMAS HAYDEN, A FOUNDER OF AN ORGANISATION CALLED STUDENTS FOR A DEMOCRATIC SOCIETY AND MR. HERBERT APTHEKER, WHO IS REGARDED AS THE LEADING COMMUNIST IDEOLOGIST IN THE UNITED STATES.

    THEY MADE THE TRIP ON AN INVITATION THAT MR. APTHEKER RECEIVED TO BRING TWO NON-COMMUNISTS TO NORTH VIETNAM. DURING THEIR 10-DAY VISIT, THEY HAD A 90 MINUTE AUDIENCE WITH NORTH VIETNAMESE PREMIER PHAN VAN DONG.

    UNITED STATES REGULATIONS FORBID AMERICANS FROM TRAVELLING TO NORTH VIETNAM WITHOUT SPECIAL PERMISSION. THE THREE MEN COULD FACE PROSECUTION ENTAILING A POSSIBLE FIVE-YEAR GOAL TERM AND A FINE OF ABOUT 5,000 DOLLARS (ABOUT GBP1,800 STERLING).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7FLZBVWYCAP1LZA36EBC5HF95
    Media URN:
    VLVA7FLZBVWYCAP1LZA36EBC5HF95
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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