Talks between China and Vietnam opened in Hanoi on Wednesday (18 April) with a call for a demilitarized Zone on their common frontier and the speedy exchange of prisoners of war.
GV EXTERIOR Vietnamese Embassy in Paris with flag flying (2 shots)
CU Vietnamese Embassy nameplate
MV Vietnamese Ambassador to France Vo Van Sung speaking in French
The New China News Agency reported on Wednesday that two Chinese and one Vietnamese were killed in ten clashes on the border in the past week. It accused Vietnamese troops of continuing armed provocations in China's border areas.
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Talks between China and Vietnam opened in Hanoi on Wednesday (18 April) with a call for a demilitarized Zone on their common frontier and the speedy exchange of prisoners of war. These proposals were made by Vietnamese Foreign Minister Phan Hien at the start of the discussions -- the first time the two former allies had come together for negotiations since their border war in February.
SYNOPSIS: The following day (19 April) Vietnamese Ambassador to France Vo Van Sung spoke to newsmen in Paris about the state of the negotiations. To a large extent he echoed the tone of Mr. Hien's speech.
Mr. Sung said that Chinese troops were still occupying some fifteen points on Vietnamese territory and that during the past two months Chinese soldiers had committed many crimes against Vietnamese people living in the border areas. He said this was the reason why Vietnam had continued to press for a complete withdrawal of Chinese troops, as had been promised.
The Ambassador also asked China to accept responsibility for war reparations for damage resulting from their invasion. He concluded by saying the border situation was still tense, but that Vietnam would like to resolve the problems with China in a spirit of Friendship between the two peoples.