• Short Summary

    South Vietnam's President Nguyan Van Theiu has urged the army to "keep its finger on the trigger", and warned that communist forces ware likely to strike again in the northern part of South Vietnam.

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    South Vietnam's President Nguyan Van Theiu has urged the army to "keep its finger on the trigger", and warned that communist forces ware likely to strike again in the northern part of South Vietnam.

    The President spoke in Hue on Saturday (September 15) at a big military parade to mark the recapture of Quang Tri a year ago. Quang Tri city, south of the de-militarised zone, was captured by communist forces in May last year, and was retaken by the South Vietnamese after four months of heavy fighting. The city is still razed to the ground and its people are in refugee camps in Da Nang.

    President Thieu said six thousand people died in Hue in the Tet offensive of 1968. However, he said, closer to six million people were likely to be killed if the communists succeeded in invading South Vietnam.

    President Thieu said the recapture of Quang Tri had "determined the final defeat of the North Vietnamese communists", and had been decisive in bringing about the ceasefire agreement in Paris.

    But he accused the communists of preparing a new offensive instead of ending the fighting and paving the way for a general election under international supervision. Military Region One, between Quang Tri and Hue, was the most likely area to come under communist attack, he claimed.

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    Film ID:
    VLVABQJ5I3RASBR6KZAFEJYMPGKAY
    Media URN:
    VLVABQJ5I3RASBR6KZAFEJYMPGKAY
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/09/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:15:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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