• Short Summary

    President Thieu of South Vietnam has come under increasing pressure from both inside and outside his country to resign.

  • Description

    President Thieu of South Vietnam has come under increasing pressure from both inside and outside his country to resign.

    The South Vietnamese leader has been keeping out of the public eye as much as possible during the current Communist offensive, but calls for his resignation have come from his own Senate and from the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Saigon.

    The Communists have said they will not start negotiations for a ceasefire until the President resigns.

    President Thieu took time out during the weekend (Easter) to meet the American Army's Chief of Staff, General Weyand, and the American Ambassador to Saigon, Mr. Martin.

    General Weyand had gone to Vietnam on a fact-finding mission for President Ford.

    On Wednesday (2 April), the American Secretary for Defence, Mr. Schlesinger, told a news conference in Washington that Saigon could come under attack within the next 30 days.

    He said the defence of the capital would depend on how well President Thieu pulled together his remaining forces and how seriously morale had been affected by the reversed of the past few weeks.

    Mr. Schlesinger's warning came at a time when much of the Vietnamese Air Force, the third largest in the world when the Americans withdrew two years ago, was grounded.

    One reason for this is that Vietnamese technicians are unable to maintain planes adequately.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAY66J07GSCKGRMJVIL46NIN7S
    Media URN:
    VLVAY66J07GSCKGRMJVIL46NIN7S
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/04/1975
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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