The first international teams to monitor the Vietnam ceasefire have left Saigon to establish bases around South Vietnam.
(In Can Tho)
GV Members of ICC out of 'plane and greeted
SV Indonesian members being greeted by U.S. official
SV Poles and Hungarians (2 shots)
GV Members in front of airport building
SV Members boarding bus
(in My Tho)
GV Flags flying in street
SV ICC members out of bus
SV INT Poles and Hungarians being met
GTV & SV ICC members unloading belongings (2 shots)
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Background: The first international teams to monitor the Vietnam ceasefire have left Saigon to establish bases around South Vietnam.
The International Commission of Control and Supervision (ICCS) said teams had gone to Hue, Da Nang, Pleiku, Bien Hoa, Can Tho and My Tho.
The teams were expected to spend the first few days at their regional bases establishing communication until similar teams of american, North and South Vietnamese and Viet Cong officers arrived from the Joint Military Commission (JMC).
Since the ceasefire officially began on January 27th, the ceasefire teams have been preparing of carry out their mission.
After an initial upsurge in fighting, there were reports that he ceasefire was beginning to work.
SYNOPSIS: The Vietnam ceasefire: Members of the International Commission of Control and Supervision on Monday began to take up bases in various parts of South Vietnam. These officers are arriving at Can Tho in the Mekong delta.
The supervisory teams are made up by officers from the four nations involved in the Commission--Canada, Hungary, Poland and Indonesia.
Their first job when they moved into their bases was to establish communications and await the arrival of similar teams of Americans, North and South Vietnamese and Viet Cong from the Joint Military Commission. Then they could begin making the ceasefire lines and areas of control.
Eventually, such teams will be operating in all fighting zones.
Fighting flared up on many fronts after the ceasefire was signed....with some of the toughest battles in years. But by Monday, there were signs of a lull.
Each side has accused the other of hundreds of violations since the ceasefire. It was hoped the presence of the ceasefire teams would bring the fighting to a rapid end. But officials said not much could be done until teams from the Joint Military Commission were at work, too.