President Nixon's Deputy advisor on national security affairs, General Alexander Haig, held talks with American officials in Saigon on Saturday (11 November) - the second day of his visit.
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Background: President Nixon's Deputy advisor on national security affairs, General Alexander Haig, held talks with American officials in Saigon on Saturday (11 November) - the second day of his visit.
General Haig had a two-hour meeting with President Thieu on Friday (10 November) shortly after he arrived, and the two men were expected to hold a second round of talks.
Hopes for an early resumption of Hanoi-Washington negotiations to finalise their draft agreement appear to hinge on the outcome of the talks. South Vietnam's insistence that specific conditions be attached to a draft agreement reached by Washington and Hanoi has raised the likelihood that there may be no ceasefire before Christmas. General Haig has since flown to Phnom Penh in the Khmer Republic for talks with President Lon No1, and plans to visit Bangkok and Seoul as well before returning to Washington.
SYNOPSIS: President Nixon's adviser on national security, General Alexander Haig, arrives in Saigon for a round of talks with South Vietnam's President Thieu. Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker was on the tarmac to meet him.
Shortly after he arrived, General Haig had a two-hour meeting with President Thieu and was expected to have several more before leaving for Washington on Sunday. Hopes for early resumption of Hanoi-Washington negotiations to finalise their draft agreement to and the war appeared to hinge on General Haig's talks with the South Vietnamese President.
Diplomatic observers said the chilly welcome given to General Haig when he arrived, indicated that President Thieu might not yet be ready to soften his terms for accepting the deal worked out between the United States and North Vietnam. It now seems unlikely there'll be any ceasefire before Christmas. Late in October it had seemed only days away.
It's understood that General Haig took with him a letter from President Nixon urging President Thieu to accept a ceasefire plan as soon as possible. There is official confidence in Washington that General Haig will succeed in his assignment.