The North Vietnamese and Viet Cong delegations walked out of the Paris peace talks in mid-session on Thursday to protest against United States bombing of both North and South Vietnam.
GV Arc de Triomphe and Avenue Kleber
SV Porter arriving in dar, Porter out of car and speaking to press (at 17 ft. - 27 seconds)
STARTS: "As you know...."
SOUND ENDS: "...by that expression."
GV EXT International Conference Centre
SV Xuan Thuy (left) walks out of building and speaks to cameramen in Vietnamese, interpreter translates into French (translation starts at 47 feet - I min. 15 seconds)
SOUND STARTS: "Et en signe de protestation.."
SOUND ENDS: "....1972."
PARIS STREET SCENE AND PORTER ARRIVING BY CAR: PORTER SPEAKING TO PRESSMEN: XUAN THUY AND INTERPRETER LEAVING CONFERENCE BUILDING: XUAN THUY MAKING STATEMENT IN VIETNAMESE AND INTERPRETER TRANSLATING INTO FRENCH.
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 2: PORTER: "As you know, during the past week or ten days, or since the last meeting, the North Vietnamese and the Viet Cong have been urging us to come back to the meetings for some kind of what they call "serious negotiations". Well we're back, and we're going to see just, try to find out what they mean by that expression."
FOLLOWING IS A TRANSLATION FROM THE FRENCH:
SEQ. 4: INTERPRETER FOR XUAN THUY: And as a sign of vigorous protest against these United States acts of war, and these sabotage activities against the Paris conference, the delegation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam has exposed these American war activities, and has decided to suspend the 145th session from its first minutes. The 146th session will take place as usual on 2 March 1972.
Initials BB/0300 GL/AH/BB/0320
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Background: The North Vietnamese and Viet Cong delegations walked out of the Paris peace talks in mid-session on Thursday to protest against United States bombing of both North and South Vietnam.
The delegation, left after reading statements to the U.S. and South Vietnamese delegations in the shortest session on record--it lasted 17 minutes.
Observers linked the walkout--the first in the three years of weekly meetings--with North Vietnamese displeasure at President Nixon's visit to Peking, but the delegates made no reference to it.
United States delegate William Porter arrived at the talks expecting some move by the Communist delegates, who had earlier urged him and the South Vietnamese delegate to return to the conference table for "carious negotiations".