The Vietnam peace talks resumed in Paris on Thursday (13 July), after a two-month break.?
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PORTER: "We're going back in today, as President Nixon put it on June 29, on the assumption that the other side is ready for serious talks. For our part, we are entirely flexible about the possibility of discussing our proposals or their's. If they are indeed ready, they will find that we are equally ready to get down to business and negotiate an end to this war."
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A TRANSCRIPT OF MR. PORTER'S REMARKS ON FILM FOLLOWS
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Background: The Vietnam peace talks resumed in Paris on Thursday (13 July), after a two-month break. Although both sides expressed a readiness to discuss a political settlement of the war, no new concrete proposals were put forward.
While the delegates met for their 150th session, interest was also centrad on the impending arrival in Pari of North Vietnamese Politburo member La Dor The and the possibility that he might have secret talks with Dr. Henry Kissinger, President Nixon's national security advisor.
Chief U.S. negotiator William Porter told the conference that the Nixon proposals, made four days after the talks ware suspended in Paris on 4 May, would provide the basis for a negotiated settlement advantageous to both sides.
After the session, which lasted about four hours, Chief North Vietnamese negotiator Xuan Thuy said his side had expected the U.S. to put forward something new which could be discussed. "But at today's session the U.S. delegate had proposed nothing new," he said. At the conference, Mr. Thuy said that the Viet Cong's seven-point peace plan still constituted the basis for a correct, just, logical and reasonable solution to the Vietnam problem.
Before the conference began on Thursday, Mr. Porter and Viet Cong delegation leader, Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, spoke to reporters. Mr. Porter said that the U.S. is flexible about the possibility of discussing proposals from both sides. Madams Binh said the communist side was ready to discuss all new proposals put forward by the U.S.
The delegates agreed to meet again next Thursday (20 July)
SYNOPSIS: The Vietnam peace talks resumed in Paris on Thursday. But after a two-month break, no new concrete proposals were put forward Both sides did express a readiness to discuss a political settlement of the war. before the conference, Chief U.S. Negotiator, William Porter......
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Then, the Viet Cong delegation leader, madame Nguyen Thi Binh, spoke to newsmen.
She said the communist side was ready to discuss all new proposals put forward by the U.S. "in the search for a correct political solution acceptable to all parties." But she denounced what the called "the most violent" U.S. bombing attacks against North and South Vietnam. She said, "The Americans have recently been intensifying the war, using shells and bombs loaded with toxic chemical products, napalm and phosphorus." All these acts, the viet Cong leader said, showed that the United States did not really wish to enter into serious negotiations. Today's session, the one-hundred and fiftieth meeting, made no headway as both sides stood by peace proposals already on the table. Two men not involved in today's talks may hold the key to a breakthrough, via secret talks. North vietnamese politburo member Le Duc Tho was reported to be flying to Paris from Peking. The speculation is that he may enter into secret talks with Dr. Henry Kissinger, President Nixon's national security adviser. Nevertheless, delegates at Thursday's session agreed to meet again next week.