• Short Summary

    PILOTING HIMSELF IN AN A-37 FIGHTER-BOMBER, SOUTH VIETNAM'S VICE-PRESIDENT NGUYEN CAO KY YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) ARRIVED AT SAIGON'S TAN SON NHUT AIRPORT FOR A PRESS CONFERENCE DURING WHICH HE DECLARED THAT HE WOULD BE WILLING TO GO PERSONALLY TO HANOI FOR PEACE TALKS OF NORTH VIETNAM'S HO CHI MINH INVITED HIM.

  • Description

    PILOTING HIMSELF IN AN A-37 FIGHTER-BOMBER, SOUTH VIETNAM'S VICE-PRESIDENT NGUYEN CAO KY YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) ARRIVED AT SAIGON'S TAN SON NHUT AIRPORT FOR A PRESS CONFERENCE DURING WHICH HE DECLARED THAT HE WOULD BE WILLING TO GO PERSONALLY TO HANOI FOR PEACE TALKS OF NORTH VIETNAM'S HO CHI MINH INVITED HIM.

    VICE-PRESIDENT KY, SURROUNDED BY PRESSMEN AND AIR FORCE SECURITY GUARDS - WHO HAD EARLIER CHECKED THE WINDOW CASINGS AND CHAIRS FOR BOMBS - TOLD THE REPORTERS THAT HE FELT THAT THE VIETNAM WAR WAS A VIETNAM PROBLEM THAT COULD BETTER BE SOLVED BY A CONFERENCE IN VIETNAM "EVEN IN HANOI. IF HO CHI MINH INVITES ME I AM READY TO GO TO HANOI - THIS IS NO PROBLEM", HE ADDED.

    ASKED WHEN HE THOUGHT THAT THE RUMOURED SECRET TALKS WITH THE NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT (N.L.F.) MIGHT START IN PARIS, HE REPLIED THAT THIS MAY HAPPEN WHEN HE RETURNS TO THE FRENCH CAPITAL. AND, HE ADDED, HE HAD ASKED HID GOVERNMENT TO TELL THE PEOPLE OF SOUTH VIETNAM THAT THEY WERE GOING THROUGH A DECISIVE PERIOD IN THEIR HISTORY AND THAT ALL WOULD BE DECIDED IN THE NEXT FEW MONTHS. BUT, HE STRESSED THAT HE WAS STILL OF THE OPINION THAT SOUTH VIETNAM WOULD "TAKE SOME RETALIATORY ACTION" IF THE NORTH CONTINUED SHELLING THEIR CITIES.

    ASKED WHETHER HE THOUGH THE UNITED STATES WOULD AGREE TO SOUTH VIETNAM RESUMING THE BOMBINGS, THE VICE-PRESIDENT SAID: "DO WE NEED U.S. APPROVAL FOR ANYTHING WE DO?" BUT HE DID AGREE WITH PRESIDENT NGUYEN VAN THIEU THAT IT WAS NOT YET TIME TO THINK OF U.S. WITHDRAWAL FROM VIETNAM, "THE U.S. AND OUT OTHER ALLIES ARE HERE TO HELP, NOT TO DECIDE. PERSONALLY, I WILL FIGHT NOT TO CHANGE OUR BASIC POLICY - NOT TO GIVE UP TO THE COMMUNISTS."
    ONLY A FEW HOURS AFTER VICE-PRESIDENT KY'S PRESS CONFERENCE IN SAIGON, THE VIET CONG DELEGATION TO THE PARIS PEACE TALKS REJECTED THE POSSIBILITY OF DIRECT TALKS WITH SAIGON. ALTHOUGH NO COMMENT WAS AVAILABLE FROM EITHER UNITED STATES OR SOUTH VIETNAMESE OFFICIAL SOURCES, IT WAS REPORTED THAT THEY FELT GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT AT THE REJECTION O BUT STILL HOPED A CONDITIONAL AGREEMENT MIGHT BE REACHED IN THE FUTURE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABDFEXGV8J7HZS1OZIUGB6TZ1V
    Media URN:
    VLVABDFEXGV8J7HZS1OZIUGB6TZ1V
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    28/03/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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