Hanoi's chief negotiator, Xuan Thuy, made his first appearance today (Thursday) at the Paris Peace Talks after his nine-month absence.
LV Champs Elysee
CU Sing "International Conference Centre" ( 2 shots)
MV Mr. Lam out of entrance and talks to press.
MV PAN Mr Bruce out of entrance towards cars.
MV Mr. Tien out of entrance and over to press:
SV Mr. Xuan Thuy (left) and translator on right SOF STARTS in Vietnamese followed by French translation.
SEQ. 3: MR. LAM: "Xuan Thuy did not bring any new initiative susceptible to open the deadlock."
SEQ. 6: MR. TIEN: "The American delegate today presented their general views on the negotiations."
SEQ. 8: MR THUY: (SPEAKING IN VIETNAMESE, WITH FRENCH TRANSLATOR) "It is regretted that today Mr. Bruce only repeated what he had said in other sessions. I mean nothing new happened today, as everyone knows."
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Background: Hanoi's chief negotiator, Xuan Thuy, made his first appearance today (Thursday) at the Paris Peace Talks after his nine-month absence. The outcome of the meeting was disappointing though - afterwards Mr. Thuy, American negotiator David Bruce and National Liberation Front (Viet Cong) representative Nguyen Van Tien all reported that nothing new had come from the session.
Earlier Mr. Thuy attacked President Nixon's policy in a prepared statement, and said that the Paris conference would never make progress while the United States pursued a policy of aggression and neo-colonisation in South Vietnam.
South Vietnamese delegate Mr. Lam, Mr. Tien and Mr. Thuy made short statements to the press on leaving the conference hall:-