The Leading North Vietnamese negotiator at the Paris Peace Talks, Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, commented in Paris on Saturday(16 Dec) about the recent breakdown in the peace negotiations.
MV Madame Binh & NBC reporter Kaplan sitting down
CU & SV Madame Binh interviewed
OUT:"...Nguyen Thieu regime".
There follows transcription of the sound on film:-
REPORTER: "After the most recent round of discussions between Dr. Kissinger and Le Duc Tho, Madame Binh, do you think that a peace agreement is till possible and likely?
MADAME BINH:(THROUGH INTERPRETER). You know that the agreement on ending the war in Vietnam is still to be singed, and, until it is signed, the war in Vietnam still continues with all the suffering, the mourning for the people of Vietnam, and for the people of the Untied States.
REPORTER: Madame, after the most recent series of discussions here between Dr. Kissinger and Le Duc Tho, do you believe that a peace agreement is still possible and likely?
BINH: (INTERPRETER). Judging by what the United States government is doing in Vietnam, we haven't seen any concrete proof -- real proof -- to show that the United States government really wants to put and end to the war in Vietnam on a correct basis that is reasonable and fair to all parties. By the one hand, the Untied States gives (unclear) secretly to modify the text of the agreement that has been reached. On the other had, the United states government intensifies its military aid to the Saigon administration. It has sent there some thousand of military advisors and personnel...(unclear). They were to consolidate the Nguyen Van Thieu Regime.
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Background: The Leading North Vietnamese negotiator at the Paris Peace Talks, Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, commented in Paris on Saturday(16 Dec) about the recent breakdown in the peace negotiations.
In an interview with reporter Bernard Kaplan of the National Broadcasting Corporation, Madame Binh said that the government of North Vietnam had not had "any concrete proof -- real proof" that the Untied States wanted to end of war in Vietnam on a "reasonable and fair" basis. She also claimed that the Untied State was attempting "secretly to modify the text of the agreement that has been reached."
Madame Binh was replying to similar accusations made against herself and her fellow negotiators by U.S. Presidential Security Advisor Dr. Henry Kissinger.
Soon after his return from the halted Paris talks, Dr. Kissinger told a press conference in Washington that the talks had failed to reach a "just and fair" settlement of the war. He also claimed that final agreement had been thwarted by the way Hanoi had withdrawn or changed earlier under standings, and had constantly raised new problems.