The protracted Paris Peace Talks resumed on Thursday (4 January) for the first time since the North Vietnamese and Vietcong representatives walked out of a pre-Christmas session in protest at the United States bombing of North Vietnam...
GV Champs Elysee
GV Conference building
SCV Conference sign
SV Porter speaks
SCV PAN Dinh Ba Thi (GRP) VC REP) towards camera
SV Lam(Sth Vietnam) speaks
SCV Road sign "Avenue Kleber"
CV Nguyen Minh Vy (Nth Vietnam)
PORTER: "Good morning....how many times is it we've met out here?...40-45 in the past eighteen months that I have been on duty in Paris."
DINH BA THI TRANSLATION: The United States has been obliged to stop the savage bombardment north of the 20th Parallel and go back to the conference table. Up to now the Nixon administration hasn't made clear its intention to give up its belligerent policies, and to negotiate seriously.
PHAM DANG LAM TRANSLATION: "Today we're starting again with the hope that this time the negotiations will lead to a just agreement guaranteeing the self-determination of the South Vietnamese people and establishing the basis of a peaceful co-existence and a valuable co-operation between north and south as well as in the four states of the Indo-China peninsula."
NGUYEN MINH VY TRANSLATION: "Either it will be peace or war will go on. That will depend on the attitude of the Americans. Thank you."
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Background: The protracted Paris Peace Talks resumed on Thursday (4 January) for the first time since the North Vietnamese and Vietcong representatives walked out of a pre-Christmas session in protest at the United States bombing of North Vietnam...and particularly of civilian areas of Hanoi. This coverage from Paris shows the United States (Mr William Porter) North Vietnam (Nguyan Min Vy), Vietcong (Dinh Ba Thi), and South Vietnam's (Pham Dang Lam) representatives arriving at the Hotel Majestic conference centre and making brief statements to waiting newsmen. the talks are quiet separate from Dr. Henry Kissinger's back-stage negotiations which are due to resume next week, and from the talks between American and North Vietnamese officials which are seeking to hammer o??? technical difficulties in framing an acceptable cease-fire agreement. At the end of Thursday's three-hour talks Nguyen Minh Vy said that while American bombers continued their blanket bombing of North Vietnam, Provoking mourning and devastation, the American delegate was still insisting that this was not the moment for rancour or propaganda.
SYNOPSIS: In Paris on thursday the peace talks resumed for the first time since the North Vietnamese and Vietcong representatives walked out of a pre-Christmas session in protest at the United States Bombing of Hanoi. first representative to arrive on thursday was the United State's Mr William Porter
Dinh Ba Thi, representing the Vietcong in the ab???nce of madame Binh, arrived next. He told newsmen that the United states had been obliged to stop the savage bombardment north of the 20th parallel and go back to the conference table. Dinh Ba Thi thought also that the Nixon administration hadn't made clear its intention to give up its belligerent policies and to start negotiating in serious manner.
South Vietnam's representative at the talks on thursday was Pham Dang Lam. He's been the south's chief negotiator at the protracted talks. Mr. Lam said South Vietnam was taking pert in negotiations once again in the hope that this time they would lead to a just agreement guaranteeing the self determination of its people. Another hope was that a basis for a peaceful co-existence with the north could be established. This would lead, he thought, to valuable co-operation throughout all Indo-China.
Hanoi's deputy Chief Negotiator...Nguyen Minh Vy...was the last to speak to newsmen and declared that either it would be peace, or war would continue... it all depended on the attitude of the Americans, he said. Technical talks between the parties are also continuing in the hope of framing an acceptable. cease-fire agreement.