The Vietnamese peace settlement was the subject of same wrangling on Thursday (25 January) three days before it was to be signed.
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Background: The Vietnamese peace settlement was the subject of same wrangling on Thursday (25 January) three days before it was to be signed.
South Vietnamese Foreign Minister Tran Van Lam told newsmen in Paris that his Government disputed the right of North Vietnamese troops to remain in the South. And the Viet Cong's chief negotiator, Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, accused President Nixon of bad faith by not conforming with the pact.
Tran Van Lam's statement followed a meeting with French Foreign Minister Maurice Schamann. He told newsmen who confronted him as he left the French Foreign Ministry, that he was obliged to say North Vietnamese troops had no right to stay in the South after the signing of the treaty.
Madama Binh made her accusations against President Nixon at a conference at the International Conference Centre. She said the agreement, due to be signed on Saturday, stipulated there were two administrations in South Vietnam -- the Saigon regime and the rival Viet Cong. She said President Nixon was not conforming with the agreement when he said the United States recognised Saigon as the sole government in South Vietnam.
SYNOPSIS: The French Foreign Ministry is host to Vietnamese delegates in Paris to sign the Vietnam ceasefire agreement. South Vietnam's Foreign Minister, Tran Van Lam met the French Foreign Minister, Maurice Schumann on Thursday to discuss relations between the two countries following the settlement. Newsman later questioned Tran Van Lam about the terms of the agreement.
The South Vietnamese Minister said his Government never accepted that North Vietnamese troops could stay in the South. He said that after years of negotiations to obtain a ceasefire, his Government preferred not to say anything about Northern troops already is South Vietnam. But when newsmen pressed the issue, Mr. Lam said he was then obliged to say that the North Vietnamese had no right to be there.
Later in the day the Viet Cong negotiator, Madame Binh called a news conference at the International Conference Centre.
Speaking in Vietnamese, Madame Binh accused President Nixon of not conforming with the Vietnamese ceasefire agreement when he said the United States recognised Saigon as the sole Government in South Vietnam. Madame Binh's charges were translated into French for newsmen at the conference. Madame Binh had stressed that the agreement stipulated there were two administrations, the Saigon regime and the Viet Cong. She said that the spirit of the President's declaration had not been in conformity with the accords.