The delayed handover of civilian prisoners between the Viet Cong and the South Vietnamese began in south Vietnam on Saturday (28 April).
GV & CU Prisoners waiting in trucks (3 shots)
SV & GV Prisoners unloading sick prisoners & their belongings (3 shots)
CU Sick being treated
GV & CU Prisoners walk across tarmac & enter aircraft (4 shots)
SV Military officials look on
GV Aircraft taxiing away
Initials ESP/0131 ESP/0141
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Background: The delayed handover of civilian prisoners between the Viet Cong and the South Vietnamese began in south Vietnam on Saturday (28 April). A plane load of about 50 Communist civilian prisoners left Bien Hoa airbase near Saigon for the Communist-held town of Loc Ninh, the agreed release site near the border with the Khmer Republic.
They were the first of about 400 Communists being handed over to the Viet Cong at Loc Ninh on Saturday. In return, the Saigon authorities were to receive 63 South vietnamese civilians at the same site, 80 miles (130 kms) north of Saigon.
The releases were to have begun at Loc Ninh the day before... the 90th day after the signing of the Paris agreement. But they were delayed, apparently by the absence of a supervisory team from the International Commission for Control and Supervision.
In the days after the first release, the Saigon Government and the Viet Cong's Provisional Revolutionary Government were to exchange almost fourteen hundred prisoners at Loc Ninh and 14 other release sites across the country.
??? more captive and their fate is till to be negotiated.
The first exchange took place amid uncertainty on both sides. The first 50 men went from the South Vietnamese to Loc Ninh without delay. But a second batch was delayed until the South Vietnamese were satisfied that the Viet Cong would keep their part of the bargain.