American Secretary of State William Rogers arrives in Saigon on Saturday (July 4) for the annual conference of the Vietnam War Allies.
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TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ 8:) ROGERS: "I have come to Saigon to review, with our allies, the military and political situation in Vietnam and Indo-China. President Nixon has asked me to consult with President Thieu and other leaders of your Government about whether there are further political initiatives which might usefully be taken for peace. The United States is firmly committed to the search for a political solution to the tragic problems of this part of the world. The President's appointment of Ambassador David Bruce to head our delegation in Paris is the most recent symbol of that commitment. We hope that the North Vietnamese will respond to it, not with rhetoric but in some sensible way. It is time for negotiations, real negotiations to end this war and bring to the people of South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos a fair and lasting peace.
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Background: American Secretary of State William Rogers arrives in Saigon on Saturday (July 4) for the annual conference of the Vietnam War Allies. He said that the United States was firmly committed to finding a political solution to the Indo-China War, and that it was time for real negotiations.
Mr. Rogers arrived in Saigon from the Philippines, where he had been attending the South East Asis Treaty Organisation (SEATO) Conference. He referred to President Nixon's appointment this week of veteran diplomat David Bruce as the new U.S. chief negotiator in the Paris talks as a symbol of America's desire for a political solution to the war.
Military and Civilian Patrols were making snap identity checks as part of the tight security imposed on Saigon for the Conference. The City's main street near the conference venue at the Hotel Majestic, was sealed off. The countries taking part in the conference will include, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand and South Korea as well as America and South Vietnam.