The United States has lifted its veto on Vietnam's admission to the United Nations. The?
GV INTERIOR Vietnamese delegation seated at table, Paris, France
SCU Vietnamese Foreign Minister Phan Hien speaking to reporters (in Vietnamese)
SV Interpreter giving French translation of Hien's speech
GV U.S. delegate Morton Smith speaking to reporters (in English)
SMITH: "The Vietnamese explained to us their efforts to obtain more information about MIAs. They indicated their intention to step up their effort in this regard and we noted that with appreciation. In addition to that, our MIA expert from Washington was with us and the Vietnamese MIA man was with them and they had useful conversations at the same time."
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Background: The United States has lifted its veto on Vietnam's admission to the United Nations. The announcement came on Wednesday (4 May) after a first round of talks in Paris, France, aimed at normalising relations between the two countries.
The original Vietnamese Peace Agreement was signed in January, 1973 but it wasn't until April 1975 that the war actually ended with the fall of Saigon. The former North and South Vietnams were uniformed to form one country, but the United States has yet to recognise that nation.
SYNOPSIS: The Vietnamese delegation at the talks was led by Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr. Phan Hien. He told newsmen of the United States decision to drop the veto, which had been a major obstacle in the past to discussions between the two countries. Mr. Hien--talking through a French-speaking interpreter -- said that three main issues now remained to be settled in the Paris talks. One was MIA's -- American servicemen missing in action in the Vietnam war. Another was the United States ??? contributions to heal Vietnam's war wounds and help to rebuild its economy; and finally the normalisation of diplomatic and trade relations. He said the three things were linked, and hoped they would be settled together. But one obstacle has already arisen. The United States Secretary of State, Cyrus Vance, said in Washington that America would not pay war reparations demanded by Hanoi.
The American view of the talks was put by spokesman Mr. Morton Smith.