The 93rd United States Congress convened in Washington on (Wednesday) as a Presidential spokesman warned that Congressional anti-Vietnam as stands could jeopardies the peace talks in Faris.
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MANSFIELD: "I believe that the people have put the pressure on the Congress and asked us to assume pur responsibility in this war, for which we furnish the funds and the men. That's what we are going to attempt to do during this session of the Congress".
JACKSON: "I believe the real problem here is really the failure of the President to communicate publicly with the Congress, and therefore the nation. This is why there is a surge on Capital Hill to assert its independence and it stems almost exclusively from the massive bombing against North Vietnam."
ZIEGLER: "Members of Longreas have to ask themselves if they want to take the responsibility of raising doubts in the enemies mind about the United States position. Whether or not the actions they take, will or could prolong the negotiations. Peace can come through a negotiated settlement. But in such negotiations there can only be one negotiator. And it is the President's objective to bring this war to and end; to get our prisoners home; and to achieve a ceasefire and the right kind of settlement. And we will continue to pursue that kind of objective".
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This item includes statements by Senators Mansfield and Henry Jackson and Mr Ziegler.
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Background: The 93rd United States Congress convened in Washington on (Wednesday) as a Presidential spokesman warned that Congressional anti-Vietnam as stands could jeopardies the peace talks in Faris.
Mr Ronald Ziegler said negotiations between Dr. Henry Kissinger and North Vietnam's Le Duc Tho Would be in a sensitive stage when they resume next Monday (8 Jan). He said votes and statements by Congressmen could jeopardies the talks.
The spokesman's comment came shortly after Senate Democrats had endorsed a call by their leader, Mike Mansfield, for Congress to end American involvement in Indo-China.
Senate Republicans approved a statement supporting President Nixon's negotiation efforts. However observers see the vote -- 16 to 10 -- reflecting opposition among some Republican Liberals and Moderates to the recent massive bombing of North Vietnam.
SYNOPSIS: The Ninety-third United States Congress convened in Washington on wednesday with a developing battle ever President Nixon's Vietnam policy. The Senate Democrats endorsed a call by their leader, Senator Mansfield for Congress to end United States involvement in Vietnam.
Senator Henry Jackson, normally a supporter of President Nixon's Vietnam policies, criticised communications.
Republicans supported Mr Nixon while Presidential spokesman Ronald Ziegler warned congressmen against their anti-war stands.