Negotiations from the United States and Vietnam began a second round of talks in Paris on Thursday (2 June), aimed at establishing trade and diplomatic relations.
Negotiations from the United States and Vietnam began a second round of talks in Paris on Thursday (2 June), aimed at establishing trade and diplomatic relations. After the first meeting, early in May, the United States lifted its veto on Vietnam's admission to the United Nations.
SYNOPSIS: As the talks began at U.S. embassy in the French capital, about 50 South Vietnamese exiles demonstrated outside -- denouncing alleged violations of human rights in Vietnam.
The Vietnamese are seeking billions of dollars in compensation for damage caused by the long Vietnam war. But U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance has insisted Washington will not pay, and Hanoi has threatened to halt the already slow trickle of information about missing American servicemen in Vietnam if the administration of President Jimmy Carter persists in its policy. Since the last round of talks, it's been revealed that former President Richard Nixon told Vietnam that he was willing to provide up to 4.75 billion dollars in post war aid.
U.S. officials do not expect results from the Paris talks. They regarded it simply as one step in a long-term effort to normalise relations. But afterwards, U.S. negotiator Richard Holbrook said the discussion had been "very useful". The talks were continuing.