United Nations Secretary-General U Thant said Saturday (4 Mar) he is not optimistic about peace prospects in the Vietnam war after his talks in the Rangoon, Burma with Representatives of the government of North Viet Nam.
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Background: United Nations Secretary-General U Thant said Saturday (4 Mar) he is not optimistic about peace prospects in the Vietnam war after his talks in the Rangoon, Burma with Representatives of the government of North Viet Nam.
Secretary General Thant also denied reports that he was handed a message from North Vietnamese President Ho Chi Minh during his stay in Rangoon.
The top United Nations official arrived back in Rangoon Thursday (2 March) after a brief vacation in the countryside of his native land. The same day, he met with North Vietnamese Consul General Le Tung Son at the North Vietnamese Consulate in Rangoon for three hours. Also present at the session were Colonel Ha Van Lau and Nguyen Tu Nguyen, two representatives of the North Vietnamese Government who had returned to Rangoon with the Consul General Saturday. Consul Son had been away from his post for two and a half months.
Mr. Son said of the meeting, "U Thant came here and I received him as an Asian and we exchanged views on the Vietnamese problem." The Associated Press Friday (3 March) quoted diplomatic sources as saying the North Vietnamese had informed Mr. Thant that the immediate suspensions of United States bombing remained an irrevocable condition for peace talks. Mr. Son emphasized that the talks centered only on Vietnam. He said no message from Hanoi or from President Ho Chi Minh were handed to Mr. Thant. The United Nations Secretary General told reporters at the airport in Rangoon Saturday (4 March) when leaving for London, that it is difficult to be optimistic about prospects for Peace in Vietnam. United Press reported Saturday (4 March) that Mr. Thant called Thursday's talks as "useful and friendly."