In the Paris peace talks, North Vietnam on Thursday (16 November) firmly rejected United States and South Vietnamese Government arguments for modification of the draft peace agreement.
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MR. POPTER: "Well, I'm glad they finally got that over with....a big improvement. They're still out in the (INDISTINCT) down there. But today, the tone was generally better. And because next Thursday is our Thanksgiving Day, we will not convene again until the 30th November. That's about all there is, thank you."
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Background: In the Paris peace talks, North Vietnam on Thursday (16 November) firmly rejected United States and South Vietnamese Government arguments for modification of the draft peace agreement.
The rejection came as North Vietnamese emissary, Le Duc Tho, headed for Paris for a new round of secret talks with Untied States envoy, Doctor Henry Kissinger.
At the same time, chief Hanoi delegate, Xuan Thuy, insisted once more that the Untied States abide by the agreement reached between Mr. Tho and Doctor Kissinger last month and to sign it immediately.
SYNOPSIS: In Paris, the Vietnam peace talks underlined the difference in opinion by both sides about the draft peace agreement between Hanoi and Washington. First to address newsmen was the American negotiator, Mr. Porter....
It was the Viet Cong representative, Madame Binh, who emphasised the negotiation gap.
At today's talks, North Vietnam firmly rejected the United States and Saigon Government arguments for remodification of the draft peace agreement. The rejection came as the North Vietnamese emissary, Le Duc Tho headed for Paris for a new round of talks with the Untied States envoy, Doctor Henry Kissinger.
In the session is Paris today, Chief Hanoi delegate, Xuan Thuy insisted once more that the Untied States abide by the agreement reached between Le Duc Tho and Doctor Kissinger last month and to sign it immediately. In his formal statement, Mr. Thuy declared: "We firmly reject all the protests put forward by the Untied States and Saigon seeing modification of the substance of the agreement.
Observers say the North Vietnamese are expected to stick to the basic nine-point agreement reached in Paris last month. Doctor Kissinger will have to use all his powers of persuasion to convince Hanoi's negotiators to agree to certain modifications of some of the particularly controversial aspects of the draft.