The Viet Cong delegation leader to the Vietnam peace talks, Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, has told newsmen that it depended on the United States just when a peace agreement would be signed.
SV ZOOM IN Madame Binh greeted by Vietnamese officials & supporters
CU Xuan Thuy
CU Madame Binh speaks in French
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Background: The Viet Cong delegation leader to the Vietnam peace talks, Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, has told newsmen that it depended on the United States just when a peace agreement would be signed.
Madame Binh returned to Paris on Sunday (21 January) for the climax of the peace talks that are believed may lead to a ceasefire agreement within the next few days.
The Viet Cong delegate was met by North Vietnam's permanent chief negotiator in Paris, Xuan Thuy.
She told newsmen that the accord reached between United States presidential envoy Dr. Henry Kissinger and Hanoi emissary Mr. Le Duc Tho on October 20 corresponded with the aspirations of the Vietnamese people.
Madame Binh said she returned to Paris with instructions from her Government to use all means to achieve the signing of the peace accord.
She reaffirmed that the Viet Cong Provisional Revolutionary Government was ready, once the accord was signed, to begin talks with the Saigon administration and all other political forces in the country on the basis of mutual respect and non-elimination.
SYNOPSIS: In Paris, the Viet Cong delegation leader Madame Nguyen Thi Binh is greeted by Vietnamese officials and supporters on her return for the climax to the Vietnam peace talks. Madame Binh was met by the North Vietnamese chief negotiator Xuan Thuy, and later spoke to newsmen....
Madame Binh declined to give any indication about when she expected a peace agreement to be signed, but said it depended on the United States. She said the accord reached between the United States Presidential envoy Doctor Henry Kissinger and North Vietnam's negotiator Le Duc The on October the twentieth, corresponded with the aspirations of the Vietnamese people.
The Viet Cong leader told reporters that the Provisional Revolutionary Government remained firm in its stand on national rights. She said any manoeuvre aimed at denying this reality and forcing the Vietnamese people to accept the South Vietnamese regime would be rejected by the people themselves.
She said she returned to Paris with instructions from her Government to use all means to achieve the signing of the peace accord. Once signed, her Government was ready to begin talks with the Saigon administration on the basis of mutual respect and non-elimination.
Madame Binh emphasised that the Provisional Revolutionary Government stood for free elections and the right of the Vietnamese people to decide their own future.