Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko held a private meeting with U.S. Secretary of State William?
SV PAN U.S. State Secretary Rogers arrives by car & enters building
CU Soviet Embassy sign
CU ZOOM OUT Soviet Foreign Minister Gromyko with Rogers, shake hands & enter conference room
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Background: Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko held a private meeting with U.S. Secretary of State William Rogers at the Soviet Embassy in Paris on Tuesday(February 27). The meeting was one of a series of behind-the-scenes talks during the 13-state International Conference on Vietnam.
The two ministers were also reported to have discussed other world affairs as well as Vietnam.
The Conference, meanwhile, was discussing two major issues in Vietnam -- the programme of prisoner-of-war releases, and cease-fire violations. The aim of the talks is to guarantee the peace agreement of January 27, and it was hoped to be completed by Friday (March 2).
SYNOPSIS: The United States Secretary of State, Mr. William Rogers, went to the Soviet Union Embassy in Paris on Tuesday for a private meeting with Soviet Foreign Minister Mr. Andrei Gromyko. The two men were among several foreign ministers attending the International Conference on Vietnam, and their meeting was one of a series of behind-the-scenes talks during the conference.
Newsmen were not officially given details of their meeting, although the two men were reported to have discussed other world affairs as well as Vietnam. The aim of the International Conference they were attending was to guarantee the peace agreement of January the twenty-seventh. During the early part of this week two main subjects were under discussion -- the programme to exchange prisoners-of-war, and cease-fire violations since the peace agreement. It was hoped that the guarantee, to be signed by the thirteen states attending the conference, would be completed by Friday. But several stumbling blocks were evident early in the week, and the future of the conference was then uncertain.