North Vietnamese chief negotiator Mr Xuan Thuy returned to France on Wednesday (26 Aug) for the Paris Peace Talks after a four month absence.
North Vietnamese chief negotiator Mr Xuan Thuy returned to France on Wednesday (26 Aug) for the Paris Peace Talks after a four month absence. Observers believe his return, may offer the first real chance in some time of breaking the 19 month old deadlock in the talks.
It is seen as a clear response to President Nixon's move in sending Mr David Bruce, one of America's most experienced diplomats, to the Paris post. Mr Thuy hinted at an airport news conference that he was ready for private talks with Mr Bruce.
A United States spokesman promptly announced that Mr Bruce -- who skipped last week's session -- would attend Thursday's meeting.
Mr Thuy began boycotting the talks last December in protest against President Nixon's failure to name a high-level replacement for the former leader of the U.S. delegation Henry Cabot Lodge.
Mr Thuy went back to Hanoi in early May charging that President Nixon had deliberately downgraded the Paris talks. Greeting Mr Thuy at the airport, in addition to members of his own delegation and that of the Viet Cong, were Chinese and Soviet diplomats.