The first meeting took place in Saigon on Sunday of the chief delegates of the International Control Commission Supervising the Ceasefire and the Joint Military Commission.
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N. Vietnamese delegation arrives
Vietcong delegation arrives
Indonesian, Hungarian and Polish delegates arrive
Gauvin speaking after meeting
N. Vietnamese delegation after meeting
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Background: The first meeting took place in Saigon on Sunday of the chief delegates of the International Control Commission Supervising the Ceasefire and the Joint Military Commission. It was afterwards described as "one of the most constructive steps accomplished this week".
The I.C.C.S. comprises delegates from Canada, Hungary, Indonesia and Poland, while the Joint Military Commission consists of the four belligerents, North and South Vietnam, the Provisional Revolutionary Government, and the United States.
The International Commission took the first positive step in policing the truce today (Monday) by sending teams to seven main regional headquarters in the north, the central highlands, and provinces surrounding Saigon.
Vietcong chief representative Lieutenant-General Tran Van-tra, who commanded the 1968 Tot offensive against Saigon, said prior to the meeting that he was glad to be home after years of separation, and he pledged to implement the ceasefire.
Chief Canadian delegate Mr. Michel Gauvin, acting chairman of the I.C.C.S., told reporters after the one-hour meeting that arrangements could be made in the next few days for the release of some of the prisoners of war in South Vietnam.
For the fourth successive day on Sunday no major fighting was reported throughout South Vietnam, although South Vietnamese Air Force pilots claimed to have destroyed five North Vietnamese tanks near the former United States firebases of Bastogne and Birmingham, south-west of Hue.
I.C.C.S. acting chairman Mr. Gauvin has expressed concern about the ceasefire violations and said the move to send teams out today (Monday) was an indication that it wanted to do its work as soon as possible.