A joint communique was issued in Paris on Wednesday, (13 June), following renewed negotiations between U.
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A translation of the French texts is provided in the commentary below.
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Background: A joint communique was issued in Paris on Wednesday, (13 June), following renewed negotiations between U.S. special envoy, Dr. Henry Kissinger, and North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho, aimed at shoring up the precarious agreement they had reached to end the war in Vietnam.
On Thursday (14 June), Le Duc Tho gave a news conference in Paris, to comment on the joint communique. He described its provision as a new and important victory in the vietnamese people's struggle for the scrupulous implementation of the Paris agreement. For his part, he said the North Vietnamese government and the Viet Cong would respect the Paris agreement, and the more recent joint communique.
Le Duc Tho's remarks were translated into French for him.
Le Duc Tho's comments were followed by an address by Professor Nguyen Van Hieu, Minister of State in the Viet Cong-backed Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam.
SYNOPSIS: A French version of Le Duc Tho's speech was given by an interpreter. It covered that portion in which he said that the North Vietnamese Government and the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam would strictly respect and scrupulously implement the provisions of the joint communique, as well as the earlier Paris agreement. Le Duc Tho went on to cal on the other signatories to do the same, saying this was the only way to preserve the peace. Among the points covered by the joint communique, and mentioned in his speech by Le Duc Tho, were an undertaking by the U.S. to cease its aerial reconnaissance of North Vietnamese territory, and to complete mine-clearance operations within 30 days. He also mentioned the plight of political prisoners whose release is also called for in the joint communique.
A spokesman from the provisional Revolutionary Government was another speaker.
He was Professor Nguyen Van Hieu, Minister of State in the Viet Cong backed Provisional Revolutionary government. He restated the P.R.G. warning to saigon, that it could not continue to oppose the will of what he called a near-totality of Vietnamese, who wanted a real peace, and true reconciliation among Vietnamese people.