The leaders of seven nations, mainly Asian nations, involved in the war in Viet Nam, opened a conference in Manila, capital of the Philippines, Monday (24 Oct).
South Vietnamese Chief of State Nguyen Van Thieu, South Vietnamese Premier General Ky arriving, General Chung Hee Park of South Korea, and President Johnson of the U.S., President Johnson's motorcade into Manila, and arrival at hotel.
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Background: The leaders of seven nations, mainly Asian nations, involved in the war in Viet Nam, opened a conference in Manila, capital of the Philippines, Monday (24 Oct). They would discuss the war and the chances for peace.
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos greeted the chiefs of state at the Manila International Airport on a bright sunny Sunday (Oct 23). Shown in this film are the arrivals of Chief of State Nguyen Van Thieu, Premier Ky of South Viet Nam, Chief of State General Park of South Korea and President Johnson. The United States President, arriving after a hectic and well-publicized tour of Australia, made a decorous entry into Manila. Observers said he appeared to be trying hard not to dominate the proceedings. President and Mrs. Johnson were warmly greeted by President and Mrs. Marcos who only a few weeks earlier had visited the United States.
In contrast to his Australian tour, Mr. Johnson stopped only once at the end of the drive into town to shake the hands of some of the thousands of people who lined the route.
About 30 youthful demonstrators, parading with signs calling President Johnson a "modern Hitler" were arrested in Manila Sunday (Oct 23) night. The police said the youths, marching in front of the Manila Hotel where Mr. Johnson is staying, were arrested because they had no permit to march, It is not known if the U.S. President had seen them.
Among other topics, the conference is expected to deal with the slow progress of the pacification program in South Viet Nam -- the program designed to regain territory and loyalties in rural areas -- and with the need for moving toward a more representative government in Saigon.
President Marcos, in welcoming the Chiefs of State, appealed to them to consider not only the situation in Viet Nam, but also the basic economic and social causes of war throughout Asia. And, he asked them to work out a common stand for the day when negotiations will be possible with the Communists in Viet Nam.