The United States and Vietnam began talks in Paris on Tuesday (3 May) to establish diplomatic and trade relations.
The United States and Vietnam began talks in Paris on Tuesday (3 May) to establish diplomatic and trade relations. The talks are aimed at healing the scars of the Vietnam war which ended two years ago.
SYNOPSIS: The meeting took place at the new Vietnamese Embassy in the fashionable west end of Paris. This opening two-day session will be followed by another two day round of talks at the American embassy.
Mr. Richard Holbrooke, Assistant Secretary of State for Asian and Pacific affairs, led the American delegation. He was greeted at the entrance to the embassy by Mr. Phan Hien, the Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister who served with Hanoi Politburo member Le Duc Tho during the Vietnam peace talks in Paris. According to Vietnamese officials, the talks have a better chance of success than ever before.
Hanoi is anxious to improve relations with the U.S. to gain access to the United Nations and the international development agencies as well as to receive war compensation, while the United States hopes to clear up the question of the missing servicemen still unaccounted for. Mr. Holbrooke spoke to newsmen about the talks.