The four delegations to the Paris Peace Talks met in their 166th session Thursday (9 Nov) as speculation was high among diplomatic sources that a new, and probably final, round of secret negotiations between the United States and North Vietnam would reach a settlement to the Indochina war.
GV Champs Elysees and International Conference Centre (2 shots)
SV ZOOM IN TO CU.. North Viechamese delegate Vy speaks on arrival (FRENCH SOF)
CU Sign "Inter-national Conference Centre"
CU South Vietnamese delegate Phong speaks upon arrival (FRENCH SOF)
CU U.S. Ambassador Porter speaks
SOUND STARTS: "We are going into the meeting........"
SOUND ENDS:.....perceptibly nearer".
MV PAN..Madame Binh out of car and into building
The full text of Mr. Porter's comments follows:
AMBASSADOR PORTER: "We are going into the meeting today, not in any contentious spirit, but with the intention to continue our efforts and with the feeling that with every passing day peace comes perceptibly nearer."
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Background: The four delegations to the Paris Peace Talks met in their 166th session Thursday (9 Nov) as speculation was high among diplomatic sources that a new, and probably final, round of secret negotiations between the United States and North Vietnam would reach a settlement to the Indochina war. It is the re-election of President Nixon that is considered as paving the way to an agreement.
Hanoi's chief negotiator, Xuan Thuy, did not appear at the latest official session. His place was taken by his deputy, Nguyen Minh Vy, who said that if the U.S. really wanted to settle the Vietnam problem peacefully, there was absolutely no reason for delaying the signature of the peace agreement, worked out last month by U.S. Presidential Adviser Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese Politburo member Le Duc Tho.
The Deputy Saigon negotiator, Nguyen Xuan Phong, complained outside the session that the Communists still refused to negotiate in Paris with the South Vietnamese on problems concerning the two Vietnamese sides.
U.S. chief delegate William Porter had the most optimistic view of the situation. In comments before the start of the session, he said the U.S. delegation was very much invigorated by President Nixon's re-election and the feeling that "with every passing day peace comes perceptibly nearer."
SYNOPSIS: The Paris peace talks had their one-hundred and sixty-sixth session Thursday, in the light of the recent re-election of President Nixon to a second term of office. North Vietnamese delegate Nguyen Minh Vy once again said that, if the U.S. wanted peace, they should sign the agreement worked out by Presidential adviser Henry Kissinger and North Vietnamese Politburo member Le Due Tho.
Among diplomatic circles, optimism is high that renewed secret negotiations will now resolve the dispute in Vietnam.
But, despite this optimism, Deputy Saigon negotiator Nguyen Xuan Phong complained of the continued refusal of the Communists to negotiate, in Paris, with the South Vietnamese on problems, he says, concerning both Vietnamese sides.
The most optimistic appraisal was given by U.S. negotiator william Porter.
Madame Binh, the Vied Cong representative, was the last to arrive at this latest session of the peace talks....Talks that may soon be part of the solution to years of fighting in Vietnam.