In South Vietnam yesterday (Wednesday 1 November), President Nguyen Van Thieu attended prayer services at Bienhoa, a few miles from Saigon, marking the country's National Day.
Honour guard at cemetery, President Thieu and officials arriving President lighting flame for dead and in cemetery talking to newsmen.
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Background: In South Vietnam yesterday (Wednesday 1 November), President Nguyen Van Thieu attended prayer services at Bienhoa, a few miles from Saigon, marking the country's National Day.
Thousands of South Vietnamese honour their war dead on National Day and Wednesday's services centred around the loss of troops in the Indochina war since the beginning of the fighting.
President Thieu, accompanied by Government officials and Armed Forces personnel, led the prayers for the dead.
After the services, the official party walked down into the cemetery where thousands of South Vietnamese dead are berried, President thieu stopped for a few moments at some of the graves and later commented strongly to newsmen about the current moves for peace in Indochina.
He repeated strongly that South Vietnam would never agree to a coalition Government in which the third party held communist sympathies. When accused by one newsman of being the last obstacle towards a ceasefire and a peace agreement with the North Vietnamese, President Thieu stated firmly that he wanted a peace, but that the terms outlining the future Government of the country would have to be revised before he would agree.