• Short Summary

    PRESIDENT JOHNSON ARRIVED IN GUAM TODAY (MONDAY) FOR HIGH-LEVEL TALKS ON THE VIETNAM WAR WITH SOUTH VIETNAMESE CHIEF OF STATE NGUYEN VAN THIEU, PRIME MINISTER NGUYEN CAO KY AND OTHER MINISTERS.

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    MAP: JOHNSON SPEAKS: (SOF): KY AND OTHERS IN AUDIENCE.



    TRANSCRIPT: JOHNSON SAID: ( SOUND ON FILM STARTS ):



    ONCE AGAIN I AM VERY PLEASED TO WELCOME TWO BRAVE VIETNAMESE LEADERS TO AMERICAN SOIL. WE MET IN HAWAII A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO. THEN, OUR TALKS WERE OF PLANS AND HOPES. TODAY WE MEET IN A TIME OF PROGRESS. IT IS OUR COMMON TASK TO EXTEND THAT PROGRESS IN THE DAYS AHEAD. EVER SINCE OUR CONFERENCE LAST FALL IN MANILA YOUR COUNTRY HAS TRAVELLED FAR ON THE ROAD TO DEMOCRACY. YOUR ASSEMBLY HAS HAMMERED OUT A NEW CONSTITUTION. I AM GLAD THAT I AM INFORMED THAT I WILL SEE A COPY OF THAT CONSTITUTION DURING OUR MEETING HERE. IT IS THE FOUNDATION STONE OF A FREELY AND POPULARLY ELECTED GOVERNMENT.. YOU ARE THE LEADERS OF SIXTEEN MILLION COURAGEOUS AND DEDICATED PEOPLE, WHO ARE DETERMINED TO FORGE A FREE NATION FROM THE FIRES OF WAR. YOUR PEOPLE LOOK TO A VIETNAM THAT IS UNENCUMBERED BY A FOREIGN PRESENCE ON ITS SOIL, UNHINDERED BY ACTS OF TERROR AND AGGRESSION, FREE TO DETERMINE ITS OWN DESTINY. I HOPE THAT THIS CONFERENCE WILL BE OF VALUE TO BOTH OF US IN CHARTING THE COURSE OF THE FUTURE OF THE STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM IN VIETNAM. I AM ALSO DELIGHTED AND PARTICULARLY ANXIOUS FOR YOU TO GET TO KNOW AMBASSADOR BUNKER, WHO WILL SHORTLY SUCCEED AMBASSADOR LODGE IN SAIGON. I KNOW THAT YOU WILL FIND HIM AN ABLE AND UNDERSTANDING AMBASSADOR, AS YOU WILL HIS ASSOCIATE MR. LOCK. AND I KNOW YOU WILL FIND HIM A WORTHY SUCCESSOR TO A VERY BRAVE AND DISTINGUISHED PATRIOT. LAST WEEK I RE-ASSURED MY OWN PEOPLE THAT AMERICA IS COMMITTED TO THE DEFENCE OF SOUTH VIETNAM UNTIL AN HONOURABLE PEACE CAN BE NEGOTIATED, AND I RENEW THAT PLEDGE TO YOU TODAY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH."




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    Background: PRESIDENT JOHNSON ARRIVED IN GUAM TODAY (MONDAY) FOR HIGH-LEVEL TALKS ON THE VIETNAM WAR WITH SOUTH VIETNAMESE CHIEF OF STATE NGUYEN VAN THIEU, PRIME MINISTER NGUYEN CAO KY AND OTHER MINISTERS. IN HIS WELCOMING SPEECH, PRESIDENT JOHNSON SAID THEY WERE MEETING AT A TIME OF PROGRESS AND IT WAS THEIR COMMON TASK TO EXTEND THAT PROGRESS. BUT AFTER THEIR FIRST TALKS AIR VICE-MARSHAL KY BROUGHT MILITARY MATTERS TO THE FORE IN A VIGOROUS SPEECH WHICH WAS INTERPRETED BY MOST OBSERVERS AS CALLING ON THE UNITED STATES TO ESCALATE THE WAR.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA4AI0EZIHDO1WFJCDYQO6G20NH
    Media URN:
    VLVA4AI0EZIHDO1WFJCDYQO6G20NH
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/03/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    MP4
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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