• Short Summary

    THE LONG AWAITED PEACE TALKS BETWEEN NORTH VIETNAM AND THE UNITED STATES OPENED IN PARIS TODAY (MONDAY).

  • Description

    THE LONG AWAITED PEACE TALKS BETWEEN NORTH VIETNAM AND THE UNITED STATES OPENED IN PARIS TODAY (MONDAY). THE FIRST FORMAL NEGOTIATING SESSION PRODUCED NO SURPRISES. THE UNITED STATES CALLED FOR A GRADUAL DISENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNIST RESTRAINT IN SOUTH VIETNAM WHILE HANOI'S DELEGATION DEMANDED A TOTAL HALT TO U.S. BOMBING OF NORTH VIETNAM.

    AT THE END OF THE DAY'S SESSION BOTH SIDES FORMAL STATEMENTS AND AGREED TO MET AGAIN ON WEDNESDAY. THE UNITED STATES' CHIEF NEGOTIATOR, MR. AVERELL HARRIMAN, GREETED HIS OPPOSITE NUMBER, M. XUAN THUY, WITH A BRISK HANDSHAKE WHEN THE TWO TEAMS MET AT THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE CENTRE, THE SITE OF THE TALKS. THE 76-YEAR-OLD AMERICAN AMBASSADOR AT LARGE SAID WASHINGTON WAS STILL WAITING FOR A SIGN OF HANOI'S READINESS TO MATCH BOMBING RESTRICTIONS DECREED BY PRESIDENT JOHNSON ON MARCH 31. HE PROPOSED THAT THE DEMILITARIZED ZONE DIVIDING NORTH AND SOUTH VIETNAM BE TURNED INTO A GENUINE BUFFER AS A KEY TEST OF GOOD FAITH ON EACH SIDE. MR. HARRIMAN STATED THAT THE UNITED STATES WAS READY TO WITHDRAW ITS ARMED FORCES IF HANOI PULLED OUT ITS TROOPS FROM SOUTH VIETNAM AND ALLOWED THE LEVEL OF VIOLENCE TO SUBSIDE.

    M. XUAN THUY GAVE NO HINT OF THE MILITARY RECIPROCITY SOUGHT BY THE U.S. HE DECLARED THAT THE UNITED STATES "MUST PUT AND END TO ITS ACTS OF WAR AGAINST NORTH VIETNAM AND MUST CEASE COMPLETELY ALL INFRINGEMENTS OF THE TERRITORY AND SOVEREIGNTY OF THE DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM". HE TOLD MR. HARRIMAN AS THE TWO SIDES BROKE UP THAT HE FOUND "NO NEW ELEMENTS" IN THE AMERICAN PRESENTATION.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADY03PVQSQO74RTPM5AHW6EDBX
    Media URN:
    VLVADY03PVQSQO74RTPM5AHW6EDBX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    13/05/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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