Two American lawyers, Morton Stavis and Peter Weiss, spent 10 days on a fact-finding visit to hanoi earlier in November.
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Background: Two American lawyers, Morton Stavis and Peter Weiss, spent 10 days on a fact-finding visit to hanoi earlier in November. Their schedule included a meeting with leading North Vietnamese lawyers and intellectuals at the Socialist Party headquarters in Hanoi.
The two Americans, representing the Lawyer's Committee on American Policy toward Vietnam, exchanged views on peace and ceasefire prospects, and on the treatment and rehabilitation of prisoners.
They were in Hanoi at the time of the abortive American raid into North Vietnam in an attempt to free prisoners. According to Mr. Stavis and Mr. Weiss, the U.S. Government may well have known that the raided prison camp was empty.
If the prisoners have been in the heavily guarded camp, they said later, the raid would probably have resulted in critical injuries to the prisoners themselves. The lawyers interpreted the raid as an empty gesture towards the growing feeling in America over the prisoner-of-war issue.
During the North Vietnam visit, Mr. Weiss was reported to have visited a hospital in the Kwan Binh province where he saw many people wounded during the recent U.S. bombing raids over North Vietnam.