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Vietnam / Midway Meeting / Thieu #204106

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 17, 1969
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(Studio) Midway Island meeting also opened up major political questions.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Saigon, South Vietnam) South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu tries to convince South Vietnam of no coalition government and people free to decide postwar government Thieu's words and intentions different. He courts religious and ethnic groups for support. Encourages 2nd political front: Progressive Ntlist. Movement, for democrat facade. [Movement spokesperson Nguyen Thi HUE - says we help make government stronger. Could come into power by election. Govt. should respect election.] 2nd runner-up in 1967 election and others in jail or exile. [Opposition Leader Tran Ngoc LIENG - cites police harassment.] Lieng wants ceasefire and supports popular South Vietnam man for president United States sees Thieu as best bet for ending war and providing political stability.
REPORTER: Bert Quint

Quint, Bert;
Reasoner, Harry

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