President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam made clear on Friday (27 October) his opposition to a tripartite Saigon Government proposed in the peace plan worked out by the United States and North Vietnam.
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Background: President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam made clear on Friday (27 October) his opposition to a tripartite Saigon Government proposed in the peace plan worked out by the United States and North Vietnam.
President Thieu told about 1,000 supporters who marched into the grounds of the Presidential Palace in Saigon that any agreement without signature did not apply to Vietnam.
He rejected as pro-Communist, a proposal in the draft agreement released by North Vietnam on Thursday (26 October) to set up a three-part coalition government in South Vietnam comprising the Thieu administration, the Viet Cong and neutralists.
As an alternative he suggested a referendum, sponsored by the United Nations, which would decide the composition of a National Council. The Council would in turn organise Presidential elections and the new President would form a government in proportion to the votes cast for political group.
Presidential Thieu said negotiations were continuing with the United States.
In Saigon, Friday's newspapers carried big headlines on the peace agreement, but, under censorship, they carried only American response to the disclosure of the accord by North Vietnam.
Saigon shops were busy selling South Vietnamese flags following an official order that all adults must carry a flag. National flags are also appearing voluntarily on house, shops and cars.