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    THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT (N.L.F.) THE POLITICAL ARM OF THE VIET CONG -?

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    THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT (N.L.F.) THE POLITICAL ARM OF THE VIET CONG - YESTERDAY TOLD REPORTERS OF THEIR PROPOSALS FOR THE SHAPE OF THE TABLE AROUND WHICH PEACE NEGOTIATIONS IN THE VIETNAM CONFLICT MAY BEGIN. THE SEATING OF DELEGATES FOR THE PEACE TALKS HAS NOW HELD UP THE START OF NEGOTIATIONS FOR SOME TIME.

    NEGOTIATIONS HAVE BEEN PROTRACTED BECAUSE OF THE INSISTANCE OF THE NORTH VIETNAMESE GOVERNMENT THAT THE N.L.F. SHOULD BE GIVEN EQUAL STATUS WITH THE UNITED STATES AND SOUTH VIETNAMESE DELEGATIONS, AND THE CONTINUED REFUSAL OF BOTH THE UNITED STATES AND SOUTH VIETNAM TO AGREE TO THIS.

    IN YESTERDAY'S PRESS CONFERENCE, THE N.L.F. MADE FIVE SUGGESTIONS FOR THE SHAPE OF THE CONFERENCE TABLE:
    (1) THE FIRST SOLUTION, THEY SAID, WAS A CIRCULAR TABLE WITH TWO OPENINGS IN THE CENTRE TO CLEARLY DEFINE BOTH SIDES - I.E., NORTH VIETNAM AND NATIONAL LIBERATION FRONT, AND THE UNITED STATES AND SOUTH VIETNAM.

    (2) A CIRCULAR TABLE SMALL TABLES ON EACH SIDE WHICH WOULD MARK BOTH FACTIONS.

    (3) TWO PARALLEL, HALF-MOON TABLES,ON THE OPPOSITE SIDE. THE TWO DELEGATIONS WOULD SIT ON EITHER SIDE OF THE PARALLEL TABLES.

    (4) A CIRCULAR TABLE WITH A TABLE-CLOTH WHICH WOULD HAVE ON IT A COLOURED BAND IN THE MIDDLE, CLEARLY DEFINING THE TWO SIDES.

    (5) A CIRCULAR TABLE WITH ANOTHER TABLE IN THE CENTRE, AT WHICH NO-ONE WOULD SIT. THE CENTRE TABLE WOULD BE THERE SIMPLY TO SERVE AS A DIVIDING LINE BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES. THE TABLE-CLOTH COVERING THE ROUND TABLE WOULD ALSO BE DIVIDED BY TWO COLOURED MATERIALS TO MARK THE OPPOSING SIDES.

    IN RECENT WEEKS THE OPPOSING FACTIONS HAVE BEEN REPORTED AS ONLY "CENTIMETRES APART", BUT THE DEBATE STILL GOES ON BEFORE THE TALKS PROPER CAN BEGIN.

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    Film ID:
    VLVALHYQLX6GZS7NB59V40CDL2JA
    Media URN:
    VLVALHYQLX6GZS7NB59V40CDL2JA
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/01/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:30:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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