A Foreign Ministry spokesman for South Vietnam, Mr. Nguyen Bich Mac, has claimed that the?
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EDITOR'S NOTE: Because of technical problems in recording this statement during the press conference, the quality is poor and at times unintelligible. A full commentary is supplied overleaf for use over the full SOF segment.
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Background: A Foreign Ministry spokesman for South Vietnam, Mr. Nguyen Bich Mac, has claimed that the North Vietnamese have established "at least 12 airfields" in South Vietnam, since the enactment of the Paris Peace Agreement last January.
Speaking at a press conference in Saigon on Tuesday (11 September) Mr. Mac denounced the North Vietnamese for, what he termed, its scheme to stage an all-out attack against South Vietnam sometime in the future. He claimed that North Vietnam had infiltrated many large anti-aircraft units, including SAM-2 missiles, into the South.
The South Vietnamese spokesman called on the North to cease this "illegal infiltration" and all repairing and expanding of airfields.
He said his country reserved the right to carry out all necessary steps to protect its security.
AN INTERPRETER'S TRANSLATION OF PART OF MR MAC'S STATEMENT FOLLOWS:
In connection with the case of the Air Base, the position and the assessment of the Government of the Republic of Vietnam are as follows:
It is a violation by North Vietnam of international law; of the Geneva Accords; of the Paris agreement, its related protocols. The sovereignty over the whole of South Vietnam territories, belongs to the government of the Republic of Vietnam. In the p???r???u???nce of the Geneva Accords. These accords partition Vietnam into two parts ... at the seventeenth parallel and the demarcation line.