In Bangkok on Wednesday, reaction to the announcement of a ceasefire in Vietnam was muted at the United States Embassy, which was in mourning over the death two days earlier of former President Lyndon B.
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Background: In Bangkok on Wednesday, reaction to the announcement of a ceasefire in Vietnam was muted at the United States Embassy, which was in mourning over the death two days earlier of former President Lyndon B. Johnson. Most of the bases from which the Americans flew their B-52 sorties into North Vietnam are sited in Thailand.
But Thai newspapers were quick off the mark to spread the word, some of them bringing out special editions. The Prime Minister of Thailand, Thanom Kittikachorn, appeared for a special address to the nation on television in which he said that his Government welcomed the ceasefire and hope that this, as he put it, happy result of the Paris talks would bring about a genuine and lasting peace for South-east Asia and pave the way for co-operation for the countries within the region as well as co-operation between the countries of Indo-China and those in the rest of the world.
Thailand is to propose a ten-nation South-east Asia ministerial meeting to consider ways of stabilising the peace resulting from the ceasefire. The proposal will be made at a special ASEAN meeting to be held soon in Kuala Lumpur, after the state visit to Thailand of the King of Malaysia in February.
Thailand is to suggest that the two Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Burma be invited to join Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand in/conference.