The Vietnam Peace Talks resumed in Paris today (Thursday), after five weeks in abeyance. But,?
GV ZOOM Ave. Kleber Are de Triomphe in B/G.
GV Press outside conference building
MV South Vietnamese delegate Pham Vang Lam out of car and walks towards microphones.
CU Pham Vang Lam speaking - finishes and walks into building.
MV Xuan Thuy - speech being translated by interpreter.
GV Delegates cars and police outside conference building.
MV Porter out of building and towards microphones.
SCU Porter speaking
SCU Street sign "Ave. Kleber"
CU Mme. Binh speaking.
PORTER: "I sure hope that when Le Duc Tho arrives here, he'll get better than what they produced in there today - that was absolute boiler plate from the past. We tried to bring them to matters of substance, connected......directly connected with the present situation, but the responses were such that we had to record for the record that they refused to answer the questions.
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Background: The Vietnam Peace Talks resumed in Paris today (Thursday), after five weeks in abeyance. But, after four and a half hours of talks, both sides emerged saying nothing concrete had resulted -- each side accusing the other of procrastination, lack of cooperation and sincerity, and aggression in Vietnam.
Before and after the talks, all four chief delegates spoke to reporters outside the conference building - since the North Vietnamese and the Viet cong were in essence repetitive of the same thoughts, while the Untied States and the South Vietnamese spokesmen were also in agreement, we have selected one of each opinion on arrival, one of each on departure. The arrivals are South Vietnam's Pham Vang Lam and North Vietnam's Xuan Thuy. The departing statements are from U.S. Chief Negotiator William Porter, and the Viet Cong's Mme. Nguyen Thi Binh.
Translations of the three Vietnamese statements are to be found on the accompanying commentary page. Mr. Porter's statement began with a reference to the impending arrival in Paris of North Vietnamese Politburo Member Le Duc Tho - who has been involved in secret parallel negotiations on the Vietnam war since the start of the Peace talks in 1968:
SYNOPSIS: After a five-week break in which both sides accused the other of lack of cooperation on the subject - the Vietnam Peace Talks resumed in Paris on Thursday. First to arrive was South Vietnam's chief negotiator, Pham Vang Lam, who outlined his country's position saying:- "If the leaders of Hanoi are sincere, they must put an end to the invasion of South Vietnam by the forces of North Vietnam, and accept to discuss the question as well as to work out other measures to ensure the re-establishment of peace. Thank you."
The opposite s??? was presented by North Vientam's chief delegate, Xuan Thuy, who - through an interpreter, said:-
All Mr. Nixon's assertions about what he calls 'the invasion of South Vietnam by North Vietnam', the protection of GIs, the violation of the tacit agreement -all follow one aim: to mislead public opinion and find a pretext to continue the war."
After four and a half hours of talks - little hopes of being nearer a solution, as expressed by U.S. chief Negotiator William Porter - who began by referring to the impending arrival of North Vietnamese Politburo Member Le duc Tho.
BRING UP SOUND @ 56ft - 1.30 MINS: "I sure hope that........"
SOF ENDS @ 75 ft - 2 MINS:
"....refused to answer the questions."
A very different version form Viet Cong delegate, Mme. Nguyen Thi Binh, who said:- "One can say that today the American delegate has left us without the slightest indication that the United States is prepared to enter into serious negotiations. On the contrary, they make menaces against our country and let it be understood that the U.S. will continue the escalation of the was and the sabotage of the conference." SOF ENDS.