The United Nations Secretary General, U Thant, told a Press conference today that there would be no move towards peace in South Vietnam unless the United States unconditionally stopped bombing North Vietnam.
United Nations building; reporters; U Thant speaking
TRANSCRIPT: U THANT: But I have all along subscribed to the view that the National Liberation Front is not a stooge of Hanoi. And, secondly, I do not subscribe to the view generally held that if South Vietnam falls, then country x, then country y, then country z. I don't agree with this so-called domino theory. And thirdly, I do not subscribe to the view, that South Vietnam is strategically vital to Western interests and Western security, whatever its political or ideological pattern may be. If Vietnam is independent and military non-aligned, as I have been advocating, preferably with the guarantee of the big powers, including the United States, then I don't see how this could pose a threat to international peace or security, or whether it is strategically vital to the interests of the West, of the security of the West.
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Background: The United Nations Secretary General, U Thant, told a Press conference today that there would be no move towards peace in South Vietnam unless the United States unconditionally stopped bombing North Vietnam.
The Secretary General, answering questions, said that his position on the Vietnam conflict differed from that of many other authorities', and explained the three most important differences. He said the United States did not regard the South Vietnamese National Liberation Front as being independent of Hanoi...