While U.S. Presidential emissary General Alexander Haig arrived in the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon?
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Background: While U.S. Presidential emissary General Alexander Haig arrived in the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon on Tuesday (January 16) for talks with leaders there, amid reported since of an and to the Vietnam war, South Vietnamese troops were continuing their fight on the Khmer Republic border in an effort to contain communist forces in the area. Vietcong infiltrators, according to news reports, were making a final attempt to seize more territory on the eve of a possible cease-fire -- while South Vietnamese troops pounded their suspected routes across the Khmer border with field artillery, backed up by infantry sweeps.
General Haig, meanwhile, had two-hour talks with South Vietnamese President Nguyan van Thieu shortly after his arrival. Official sources said he handed General thieu a letter from President Richard Nixon, and then briefed South Vietnam's National Security Council on the outcome of the Paris Peace talks.
The previous day, American bombing of North Vietnam was stopped -- leading to further speculation that peace could be close.
SYNOPSIS: United States Presidential Emissery General Alexander Haig, who arrived in the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon on Tuesday, had two-hours of talks shortly afterwards with President Nguyan van Thieu -- leading to news reports speculating about an end to the Vietnam war. He also briefed the National Security Council on the Paris peace talks.
But even as they spoke, the ground war continued. One battle took place at Tay Minh, a small settlement near the Khmer Republic border, as Government troops fought to contain communist infiltrators from across the frontier. The infiltrators, mostly Vietcong forces, were thought to be seizing as much territory as possible on the eve of a possible cease-fire. In an equally determined bid to stop them, South Vietnamese forces pounded suspected Vietcong infiltration routes with field artillery, and followed up with infantry sweeps.
Government troops also continued their tight security on civilian movement. But in the air a cease-fire was already in effect, for American bombing of North Vietnam had been halted -- leading, to further speculative reports about a possible end to the war.