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Background: Le Duc Tho and Xuan Thuy, the North Vietnamese negotiators who hammered out agreement with Dr. Henry Kissinger during the Paris peace talks which ended the Vietnam war, arrived back in the French capital yesterday on an eight-day visit.
The two men, both members of the politburo to the ruling party in Hanoi, have been invited to France as guests of the French Communist party, and during their stay, are due to meet Communist leaders and parliamentarians in Paris and elsewhere in France.
During the exhaustive peace negotiations in late 1972 and early 1973, Le Duc Tho and Xuan Thuy were familiar faces on the world scene as they attended daily sessions of talks with American, South Vietnamese negotiators. But once the peace agreement was signed and all sides withdrew, little was seen of either of them.
Le Duc Tho is still a member of the politburo of the ruling Worker's Party in North Vietnam, ranking about third in importance. Xuan Thuy is Minister without Portfolio in the Hanoi government.
The peace agreement - for which Le Duc Tho was offered and refused a Nobel Peace Prize - has been in operation for nearly two years, during which time the fighting between north and south in Vietnam has gone on almost unabated, although largely unreported.