Speaking with emotion, President Pompidou said there was one point in President Nixon's speech on July 1st which pleased him -- the appointment of Ambassador Mr David K.
FRENCH PRESIDENT GEORGES POMPIDOU GIVING NEWS CONFERENCE IN HIS OFFICE AT THE ELYSEE PALACE. (FRENCH SPOKEN THROUGHOUT)
TRANSCRIPT: LEAD IN: French President Georges Pompidou has welcomed President Nixon's appointment of a new chief negotiator at the peace conference in Paris as a step towards a possible settlement of the Vietnam war. But he reiterated his conviction that there was little chance of peace until America and voluntarily withdrawn front all involvement in Indochina. Speaking at a news conference in Paris, July 2nd., President Pompidou commented on the Middle East, Britain's bid to enter the European Common Market and a wide range of domestic issues.
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Background: Speaking with emotion, President Pompidou said there was one point in President Nixon's speech on July 1st which pleased him -- the appointment of Ambassador Mr David K. Bruce to lead the United States delegation at the Paris peace conference. He hoped that the conference, which France was happy to welcome, would come alive again and open the way to a negotiated settlement in Vietnam.
President Pompidou considered that a voluntary withdrawal of involvement in Indochina by America was the basis if everything -- from that "the sad little countries of Indochina" would re-discover the possibility of hope, life, peace, independence, and, he hoped, of neutrality.
Pompidou said that France's call for expanded peace negotiations which embraced Communist China, were still valid although they had received lukewarm, if not a cold reception, from the Communist countries involved. He expressed the conviction that one day France's suggestion would meet with success "because it is the voice of good sense."
Turning to the Middle East, President Pompidou made it clear that France has not and is not considering any change in its armaments embargo against Israel. He expressed the opinion that time was working against the Jewish state and that nothing would be more serious than to transform a localised conflict into a generalised confrontation between two "super powers." On a Middle East settlement, Pompidou said three should not be a French, American or Soviet plan, but a Big Four common plan. It was in Israel's interests to accept a peace settlement.
On Britain's third bid in nine years to enter the Common Market -- France voted the previous two -- President Pompidou said it was necessary to be in -- or out. There were possibilities of compromise if Britain found it impossible to accept the financial burden of membership.