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Vietnam / Cease-Fire #22999

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Jan 24, 1973
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(Studio) Vietnam cease-fire has been reached. Formal signing to take place Saturday
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(White House) Yesterday Henry Kissinger and Le Duc Tho initialed cease-fire agreement in Paris, France. Agreement lengthy and deliberately vague. Cease-fire begins 7 p.m. EST Saturday United States POW's to be released within 60 days. [KISSINGER - says POW's release begins in 15 days.] United States troops will withdraw within 2 mos. North Vietnam infiltration of South Vietnam will end. United States will remove mines from North Vietnam waters. There is no formal cease-fire for Laos and Cambodia, but one may come. South Vietnam's right of self-determination recognized, but political future to be decided by elections arranged by tripartite council. International Control Commission composed of Canada, Indonesia, Poland and Hungary will supervise cease-fire. [KISSINGER - says lasting peace depends on attitudes of parties involved.]
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

(Paris, France) Le Duc Tho describes cease-fire settlement as great victory for North Vietnam. Says December bombing by United States had no effect on negotiations. Says agreement essentially same as that reached in October Says agreement says nothing of North Vietnam troop withdrawal from South Vietnam. Claims agreement recognizes Vietnam as 1 country South Vietnam says agreement confirms existence of 2 cntrys. North Vietnam claims agreement recognizes Provisional Revolutionary Govt. (VC administration). 2 versions of agreement exist; the one South Vietnam will sign says nothing about PRG.
REPORTER: John Rolfson

(Studio) South Vietnam not enthusiastic about settlement.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Saigon, South Vietnam) President Thieu addresses nation on television and radio about cease-fire. South Vietnam people not impressed with cease-fire.
REPORTER: Jim Bennett

(Studio) President Nixon briefs Congress leaders on Vietnam accord.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(DC) [Senator Min. Leader Hugh SCOTT - says Congress gave Nixon standing ovation in emotional meeting]
REPORTER: (No reporter given)

(Studio) Senate Majority Leader Mike Mansfield says Nixon won't submit agreement to Congress ratification, but he doesn't really care. 589 POW's known to be in North Vietnam.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Virginia Beach, Virginia) prisoners of war family watches Nixon announcement of cease-fire on TV. Mrs. Charlotte Christian's husband Mike has been prisoners of war 6 years [CHRISTIAN - says it's a dream come true.] [Daughter Debbie CHRISTIAN - says happy; can't remember father.]
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

(Studio) 1355 Americans MIA. Under agreement, each side will aid other in accounting for missing.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

Bennett, Jim;
Jarriel, Tom;
Peterson, Roger;
Reasoner, Harry;
Rolfson, John;
Smith, Howard K.

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