Senior Hanoi Politburo member Le Duc Tho arrive in Paris on Sunday (30 April) in a new attempt to find a negotiated settlement of the Vietnam problem as the communist offensive in South Vietnam pushed on relentlessly.
LV Le Duc Tho greeted at Press Conference.
CU Le Duc Tho speaking Vietnamese.
SV Interpreter in French.
SOF STARTS: "Dans son recent..."
SOF ENDS: "...Americans au Vietnam."
LV Le Duc Tho, Mme Binh and Xuan Thuy.
MR. THO: "In his recent speech of April 26, 1972, American President Nixon praised the 'success' which he obtained during his term in the American war of aggression in Vietnam. He claims that he has withdrawn almost all the American troops from Vietnam, that he wishes to put an end to war in Vietnam, and find a peaceful and honourable solution for the good of future generations. Those are nothing but fine words, aiming to fool American and world opinion and conceal the American acts of aggression in Vietnam."
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: Senior Hanoi Politburo member Le Duc Tho arrive in Paris on Sunday (30 April) in a new attempt to find a negotiated settlement of the Vietnam problem as the communist offensive in South Vietnam pushed on relentlessly. And in a press conference, Mr. The accused President Nixon of concealing American aggression In Vietnam to "fool" American and world opinion.
During the press conference, Mr. Tho was accompanied by chief Hanoi negotiator at the Paris peace talks, Xuan Thuy, and Mrs. Nguysn Thi Binh, chief Viet Cong negotiator.
It's reported that Mr. Tho's presence in Paris signals Hanoi's readiness for high-level negotiations. Last year, he had secret talks with Henry Kissinger, President Nixon's national security advisor. Mr. Tho reportedly indicated that he intended to resume the secret talks with Dr. Kissinger to the point where they broke off last October.
In October, the Americans made a private move to reach a settlement, but before the scheduled meeting, the North Vietnamese said Mr. Tho was ill and suggested instead that Dr. Kissinger meet Mr. Thuy. But the talks were then called off.
An English translation of Mr. Tho's statement is included. This film also includes natural sound.