Mr. David K. Bruce, a former United States Ambassador to Britain and other Western countries,?
Mr. David K. Bruce, a former United States Ambassador to Britain and other Western countries, was appointed by President Nixon on Wednesday (1 July) to head the American delegation at the Paris peace talks.
The appointment of Mr. Bruce upgrades the importance of the peace talks and President Nixon said he had acted to underline his desire to achieve a negotiated peace in Vietnam. Mr. Bruce will take over from a State Department official who has been in charge of the U.S. delegation since Mr. Henry Cabot Lodge resigned last November in frustration over lack of progress in the negotiations with the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong delegations.
The 72-year-old- Mr. Bruce had retired from public life when he left his ambassadorial post in London last year after a record eight-year term. When he was named Ambassador to Britain in 1961 he became the first member of the U.S. foreign service to have held all three of what have traditionally been regarded as the top American diplomatic posts in Europe, -- West Germany, France and Britain.
Wednesday's announcement means that Mr. Bruce will have served under five U.S. Presidents. Silver-haired, and always impeccably dressed, Mr. Bruce was educated as a lawyer and served in the Maryland State legislature before joining the foreign service. A life long Democrat who has also served under Republican administrations, he is said to believe in the traditional form of diplomacy by quiet persuasion.
Before taking up his post in Paris, Mr. Bruce will hold discussions with President Nixon and Secretary of State William Rogers.
SYNOPSIS: President Nixon has recalled from retirement a senior United States ambassador to head the American team at the Paris peace talks. He is David Bruce -- seen here arriving at a German Reunification conference in West Berlin in 1957.
President Nixon said on Wednesday (1 July) he appointed Mr. Bruce to underline American desire to achieve a negotiated peace in Vietnam.
He has advised many American leaders -- here he greets George Ball arriving at London airport in 1964.
Mr. Bruce, on the right, had retired from Public life after a record eight-year term as Ambassador to Britain.
Here he takes part in the signing of the nuclear non-proliferation treaty with Soviet and British representatives in London in 1968. Educated as a lawyer he was a Maryland State representative before turning to diplomacy.
He was the first member of the U.S. foreign service to have held the three top posts in Europe, -- France, Britain, and West Germany. He will replace a State Department officer who has negotiated in Paris since Henry Cabot Lodge resigned last November. Silver-haired, and always impeccably dressed, David Bruce is a believer in the traditional form of diplomacy by quiet persuasion. Before taking up the Paris post he will be holding discussions with President Nixon and Secretary of State William Rogers.