South Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky yesterday (Monday ) visited the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he received an ovation from the future Army officers.
MV Ky taking salute at West Point ZOOM OUT TO GV.
GV Guns firing salute
MV Ky inspecting troops, South Vietnam flags flying.
MV Ky and Commandant of Cadet Corps walk away, ZOOM OUT TO GV showing building in background.
CU U.S. & South Vietnam flags.
MV Ky speaking to reporters.
MVs Cadets break ranks and demonstrate support for Ky (2 shots)
LV Ky waves from balcony
TRANSCRIPT: SEQ. 8: REPORTER: "Do you feel that, for all practical purposes, the American role in the Vietnam War is over?"
KY: "Well, not quite over, but we expect that your role will be over very soon. That...because I have said that now, that five years that all we want is to have you help us (INDISTINCT) so that we will be equipped so that we will be able someday to take the whole responsibility by ourselves. (GARBLED QUESTIONS) I am very glad to see that this is very close."
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Background: South Vietnamese Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky yesterday (Monday ) visited the United States Military Academy at West Point, where he received an ovation from the future Army officers. After inspecting the Cadet Corps, Marshal Ky spoke to reporters about the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam.
Vice President Ky arrived in the U.S. on Sunday (November 15) for a 15-day visit that will include a tour of several military bases and a meeting with President Richard Nixon next week. He arrived from Paris where he has been attending the deadlocked Peace Talks.
He was to have visited the U.S. just before the mid-term elections to address a Right-wing rally in Washington--but cancelled the trip after Vice President Agnew and other officials advised against such a tour at that time.
Elaborate security arrangements surround the current visit, even to almost total secrecy on the details of his itinerary, to avoid any demonstrations by critics of the Vietnam War. But at the Military Academy there was no doubt of support for the South Vietnamese Vice President--who was loudly cheered by the Cadets as they broke ranks.
West Point itself has many links with the War-the Cadet Corps Commandant who escorted Marshal Ky was an Assistant Divisional Commander during the Tet offensive, and 234 graduates of the Academy have died in Vietnam.
After inspection the Cadets, Vice President Ky spoke to the large contingent of reporters of reporters present: