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South Vietnam Offer / Viet Cong Rejection / Washington, DC Reaction #204497

CBS Evening News for Friday, Jul 11, 1969
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(Studio) Viet Cong representatives denounce Saigon offer to let Viet Cong take point in free national elections in South Vietnam. Call proposal farce designed to appease American public opinion and keep Thieu regime in power. Viet Cong insist on interim coalition government which would give them rule in setting up elections. Reporter says South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu thought offer would be rejected. Nixon Admin. quick to commend offer.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(DC) Admin. rates Thieu offer as fair and comprehensive. [President NIXON - says if other side wants peace, now has comprehensive set of offers that permit fair settlement. Hanoi has nothing to gain by waiting.] Press Secretary Ron Ziegler says he wouldn't predict Hanoi response. Basis for pol. negotiation put on table. If Communists refuse, they'll be on defense
REPORTER: Robert Pierpoint

(Studio) Senator William Fulbright commends Thieu speech, but doesn't believe VC would agree to elections under Thieu regime. Suggests coalition government to supervise voting.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Pierpoint, Robert;
Reasoner, Harry

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