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Paris Peace Talks #217860

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Jul 01, 1971
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(Studio) Communists make new proposal at Paris peace talks.

(Paris, France) Viet Cong propose gradual release of United States POWs, as United States withdraws from South Vietnam by end of year; demand coalition Saigon government South Vietnam points out proposal doesn't mention North Vietnam withdrawal from South Vietnam. [US delegation spokesperson Stephen LEDOGAR - says whether proposal constructive or intended to confuse debate uncertain.] United States not expected to accept entire proposal; may serve as basis for real negotiations. Mme Binh, Tran Van Lam, David Bruce noted.
REPORTER: Peter Kalischer

(Studio) President adviser beginning trip to include South Vietnam and Paris peace talks.

(DC) White House says proposal contains positive as well as unacceptable portions; United States reply to proposal not expected until after Henry A. Kissinger returns.
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Studio) Senator Michael J. (Mike) Mansfield says credit for Communist proposal should go to President Nixon; Representative Carl B. Albert believes Nixon withdrawal policy succeeding.

(DC) [Former Defense Secretary Clark M. CLIFFORD - believes United States should take advantage of opportunity represented by proposal; points out Communist offer, to exchange United States POWs for United States withdrawal, separate from demands concerning South Vietnam Govt.; hopes American public pressure will force President Nixon to change policy.]
REPORTER: Marvin Kalb

Hart, John;
Kalb, Marvin;
Kalischer, Peter;
Rather, Dan

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