The US Presidential envoy, Dr Henry Kissinger, flew back to Washington on Wednesday (13 December) after ten days of renewed negotiations over a Vietnam ceasefire.
GV EXT. Neuilly negotiating centre
LV Kissinger & Le Duc Tho out of building & shake hands
LV PAN Le Duc Tho drives away
LV Kissinger out of building & wave to pressmen
GV & SV PAN Kissinger drives away
Negotiating centre; Le Duc Tho and Kissinger departing.
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Background: The US Presidential envoy, Dr Henry Kissinger, flew back to Washington on Wednesday (13 December) after ten days of renewed negotiations over a Vietnam ceasefire.
Shortly before leaving Paris he made a brief statement. Dr. Kissinger said he would remain in contact with Hanoi's chief Emissary, Le Due Tho and they would decide whether another meeting was necessary between them.
In the meantime, a team of senior U.S. officials would remain in paris to work with North Vietnamese experts.
Dr. Kissinger's remark that he might meet Mr. Tho again was seen by some observers as meaning that he was leaving without wrapping up a complete peace agreement.
However, more optimistic observers thought the move could be part of a smoke screen to conceal the fact that an agreement had been reached until President Nixon could announce it himself.
Neither side has commented officially on progress made during the intensive talks over the last ten days.
SYNOPSIS: The Vietnam peace talks: President Nixon's special envoy, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and North Vietnam's chief emissary, Le Duc Tho, have concluded their talks for the time being at least. They had held ten meetings in ten day. Neither side was prepared to comment on progress after the latest round of negotiations. But there was speculation in Paris that on Wednesday the two chief negotiators had put the final touches to a revised draft agreement for a ceasefire.
In a brief statement, before leaving Paris, Dr. Kissinger said he would keep in contact with Le Duc Tho, and they would decide whether another meeting was necessary. While Dr. Kissinger reported back to President Nixon, a team of US negotiators continued meetings with North Vietnamese experts in Paris.