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Vietnam / Peace Efforts / South Vietnam View #177

ABC Evening News for Monday, Oct 21, 1968
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(Studio) Washington, DC and Hanoi silent with regard to possible Vietnam peace breakthrough. President Johnson may hold news conference Weds. North Vietnam cancel regular briefing for reporters in Paris. Cease-fire of 36 hrs. covering 288 square mile agreed to. Ended 4 p.m. EST. 14 North Vietnam prisoners returned to Vinh during cease-fire as act of goodwill. Hanoi has 300 American airmen. Ground action light. South Vietnam representatives incling. President Nguyen Van Thieu have reservations about stopping bombing.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Saigon, South Vietnam) South Vietnam takes hard line with regard to deescalation because it's matter of national survival for them. If it looks like United States calling shots, political stability would shatter; civilian and military morale would sag and Viet Cong apparatus would begin acting. Thieu clever, realist and dealing with lame-duck President Thieu wants North Vietnam to admit point in war and to link Viet Cong with Hanoi in world opinion. South Vietnam can't sit with Viet Cong at same table.
REPORTER: Bill Brannigan

Brannigan, Bill;
Reynolds, Frank

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