Paris -- French President Charles de Gaulle warned against any attempt at seeking a military victory in the Vietnamese conflict in a New Years Day speech here January first.
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Background: Paris -- French President Charles de Gaulle warned against any attempt at seeking a military victory in the Vietnamese conflict in a New Years Day speech here January first.
Speaking at a reception for the diplomatic corps, the President said no military power could resolve the drawn-out war. He urged peace negotiations by all the interested parties and the stoppage of all outside armed intervention.
De Gaulle's remarks appeared to be a call for the terminatin of American bombings of Communist North Viet Nam and the halting of North Vietnamese military help for the Viet Cong guerrillas.
De Gaulle did not mention Viet Nam by name in his remarks, made in the presence of all diplomats accredited in Paris, including the Communist Chinese ambassador.
But there was no doubt he was referring to Viet Nam. He spoke in answer to New Year's wishes made by Msgr Paul Bertoli, Papal Nuncio and Dean of the diplomatic corps.
De Gaulle's words appeared to be a warning against any escalation of the conflict in an attempt to reach a military decision. The French President has repeatedly warned that the war could not be solved by armed force.
He said: The fact is that no unleashing of power could reestablish peace in those places from which it had disappeared but that only recognized contacts among all the interested parties -- and provided that each of them gives up armed intervention outside his frontiers -- would be likely to bring forth a solution that would be viable and could be guaranteed.
In a pre-recorded New Year's Day broadcast the General said, in reference to France, that she "should not become integrated into any war that is not our own."