The United States, North and South Vietnam and the Vietcong have signed a joint communique to bolster the shaky Vietnam ceasefire.
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Background: The United States, North and South Vietnam and the Vietcong have signed a joint communique to bolster the shaky Vietnam ceasefire. The fourteen-point agreement was signed at the International Conference Centre in Paris where the four sides signed their original peace treaty in January.
The communique sets 0400 GMT on June 15th as the new deadline for strict observation of the ceasefire throughout South Vietnam. It also calls on the United States to cease air reconnaissance over North Vietnam and to resume the mine clearing operations of North Vietnamese waters within the next five days.
The communique was negotiated by President by President Nixon's special advisor, Dr. Henry Kissinger and the Hanoi Politburo member, Le Duc Tho. They both signed along with South Vietnam's Vice Premier, Dr. Nguyen Luu Vien and the Minister of State in the Provisional Revolutionary government, Professor Nguyen Van Hieu who signed for the Vietcong.
Later, Dr. Kissinger and Mr. Tho signed the agreement again on their own, underlining that they had worked out ways of strengthening the ceasefire and their commitment to seeing the new measures work.
No agreement was reached on halting hostilities in Laos and Cambodia.
SYNOPSIS: An agreement to bolster the shaky Vietnam ceasefire has been signed by the United States and North Vietnamese negotiators, Dr. Kissinger and Le Duc Tho, and senior representatives of the South Vietnamese government and the Viet Cong.
The communique, signed at the Paris International Conference centre, is the culmination of 75 hours of bargaining between Dr. Kissinger and Mr. Tho.
It sets a new deadline on June 15th for the strict observation of the ceasefire throughout South Vietnam.
Dr. Kissinger and Mr. Tho later signed the agreement again on their own, underlining that they had worked out ways of strengthening the ceasefire. No new agreement on halting the hostilities in Laos and Cambodia was reached, but the communique calls for the United States to cease air reconnaissance over North Vietnam and to resume its mine clearing operations of North Vietnamese waters within the next five days.
The commanders of opposing forces in South Vietnam are directed to meet 24 hours after the ceasefire to agree on temporary measures to stop renewed fighting.
This is the first time Dr. Kissinger and Mr. Tho have actually signed a Vietnam peace agreement despite their long negotiations. The January accords were signed by the Foreign Ministers. Dr. Kissinger told reporters after the signing that he hoped to reduce his role in Vietnam diplomacy in order to preserve his emotional stability.