South Vietnam's President Nguyen Van Thieu has rejected outside pressure to accept a peace settlement in Vietnam, claiming his country's rights of self-determination must be Respected.
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GV INT. Representatives during memorial music to dead
SV Thieu speaking in Vietnamese
SV Ambassadors listen to Thieu
TRANSLATOR: "The essential basis which we have asked to be implemented in a peace solution in order for that peace solution to be guaranteed, and to be lasting, there is, first, that the North Vietnamese troops should withdraw totally to North Vietnam and any political solution of South Vietnam should be left for the South Vietnamese people alone, to decide between themselves. Throughout the years and throughout the world, people have hoped that there is a just and logical solution for the Vietnam war and in order for the right to self-determination of the South Vietnamese people be respected. That is that there is no interference or pressure from anybody under any form or from anywhere, and that the South Vietnamese people have the right to exercise their political rights in a free and democratic manner without coercion or pressure or reprisals.
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Background: South Vietnam's President Nguyen Van Thieu has rejected outside pressure to accept a peace settlement in Vietnam, claiming his country's rights of self-determination must be Respected.
President Thieu was speaking at a joint session of the South Vietnamese National Assembly on Tuesday (12 December).
The President, maintaining his uncompromising tone against provisions of the draft North Vietnamese-United States peace agreement revealed last October, said South Vietnam's destiny must be determined by its people alone.
SYNOPSIS: In Saigon, President Nguyen Van Thieu told South Vietnam's National Assembly his people's rights of self-determination must be respected in any peace settlement with North Vietnam.
After honouring the war dead, the President, speaking in Vietnamese, told members of the Assembly and a number of Ambassadors in the gallery his country's terms for a ceasefire.