For the second consecutive day, Tuesday (9 january), Dr Henry Kissinger, President Nixon's chief Vietnam negotiator, and Hanoi emissary Le Duc Tho met in the resumed talks to find a Vietnam peace settlement.
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Background: For the second consecutive day, Tuesday (9 january), Dr Henry Kissinger, President Nixon's chief Vietnam negotiator, and Hanoi emissary Le Duc Tho met in the resumed talks to find a Vietnam peace settlement.
The two men met for six hours a the villa of a U.S. industrialist in the Paris suburb of St.-Nom-La-Breteche. The atmosphere of the meeting can best be described as cold. Le Duc Tho and Dr. Kissinger again failed to appear together to shake hands in the way which seemed to mark the cordiality of their meetings before last month's renewal of the U.S. bombing of North Vietnam.
Mr. Tho made his own way into the villa where Dr. Kissinger was acting as host. When the North Vietnamese representative left - after one of the longest meetings to date - he was not seen off by the U.S. negotiator.
Dr. Kissinger was evidently returning the treatment he received from the North Vietnamese delegation on Monday (8 January) when the new round of talks began at a villa owned by the French Communist Party.
Reports indicate that Dr. Kissinger was still pressing for major changes to the draft accord reached last October 20, with the principal issue being South Vietnam's sovereignty.
Also on Tuesday, delegations from 57 French left-wing organisations presented petitions to the U.S. Embassy in Paris. They expressed their solidarity with North Vietnam and the Viet Cong, and demanded that the United states sign, without further delay, the October 20 accord.
SYNOPSIS: At this villa in the Paris suburb of St-Nom-La-Breteche, Tuesday, negotiators for North Vietnam and the United States met for the second day of their renewed talks to rind a Vietnam peace settlement Le Duc Tho, the North Vietnamese representative and his delegation, left the meeting after six hours. None of the cordiality of the meetings before the December resumption of U.S, bombing of North Vietnam were in evidence. The North Vietnamese negotiator left unescorted by his U.S. counterpart.
President Nixon's chief negotiator, Dr. Henry Kissinger, who was acting as host of this meeting, left with his party shortly afterwards. There are reports that the major stumbling block to a settlement has been the United States insistence on changes to the October 20th accord regarding South Vietnam's sovereignty.
At the United States Embassy in Paris, other attempts were being made to press for a settlement of the Vietnam conflict.
A delegation representing fifty-seven French left-wing organisations, including the Communist Party, presented petitions at the embassy. They expressed their solidarity with North Vietnam and the Viet Cong, and demanded that the United States sign, without delay, the October 20th accord.
This was just the latest in a series of protests that have occurred in Paris in the pas few months. The delegation said they represented French workers. A spokesman for the group levelled a sharp attack against the United States.
He said when one sees what has happened in Vietnam and the rest of the world, it is normal that workers should protest these acts. He went on to say that the United states bombing of North Vietnam and the destruction it has caused has been unequalled in the Imperialist era.