Vietnam peace negotiators have begun talks following the arrival yesterday (Sunday) in Paris of the United States Presidential envoy, Dr.
GV Control at Andrews Air Force Base
GV ZOOM MV Car arrives & Kissinger out of car & waves
GV Kissinger up steps of aircraft, waves & enters
CU & GV Aircraft taxiing for takeoff (2 shots)
GV EXT. Orly airport at night
MV ZOOM TO SV INT. Kissinger & party into conference room
CU Kissinger speaking
KISSINGER: "The President has sent me here for what he hopes will be the final phase of the negotiations to end the war in Indo-China. My instructions are to stay for as long as is useful and to conduct the negotiations is a spirit of conciliation, moderation and goodwill. While I'm here, I shall be in the closest daily contact with the representatives from allied countries and the Government of the Republic of Vietnam. We shall consult frequently. The Ambassador to the peace talks, Ambassador Lam, has been courteous enough to come to the airport to greet me. I look forward to renewing the talks with special adviser Le Duc Tho, Minister Xuan Thuy and their colleagues. If our North Vietnamese interlocutors have come here in the same spirit, understanding and flexibility that has characterised our meeting in October, a rapid settlement of the war is probable".
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Background: Vietnam peace negotiators have begun talks following the arrival yesterday (Sunday) in Paris of the United States Presidential envoy, Dr. Henry Kissinger.
Dr. Kissinger flew from Andrews Air Force Base, near Washington.
He was met at Orly Airport by the South Vietnamese Ambassador and Saigon's chief negotiator, Mr. Pham Dang Lam.
SYNOPSIS: At Andrews Air Force Base, near Washington, special envoy Doctor Henry Kissinger arrives on his way to an important mission in Paris to begin the talks aimed at ending the war in Vietnam. Doctor Kissinger has been sent as President Nixon's special representative to open secret talks with Hanoi's emissary, Mr. Le Duc Tho.
Doctor Kissinger's main task will be to settle certain specific details in the draft peace plan worked out last month by himself and Mr. Tho.
On his arrival at Orly Airport, in Paris Doctor Kissinger was met by Saigon's chief negotiator at the talks, Ambassador Pham Dang Lam, and United States diplomatic officials. The American envoy refused to answer questions, but made a statement to waiting newsmen.