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Paris Peace Talks / POWs #440875

NBC Evening News for Friday, Nov 29, 1968
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(Studio) Paris Peace Talks to resume eventually. Talks delayed by arrival of South Vietnam representatives and due to Averell Harriman's schedule. Viet Cong objections outlined. Reduction of level of combat in South Vietnam rejected by VC. Delegation from South Vietnam said due in Paris and US, latter to explain South Vietnam position. South Vietnam plans to release 140 POWs soon.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Bien Hoa, South Vietnam) Prisoner release said ritualistic; prisoners not hard core VC. But offer made to release 40 North Vietnam prisoners if Hanoi would accept them. Hanoi ignores offer. North Vietnam insists its Army not fighting in South Vietnam. Fiction to complicate Paris Peace Talks. 20,000 Communist prisoners said held in South Vietnam; not ransom material for 336 United States men held by North Vietnam, unless North Vietnam will discuss prisoner exchange. So far, North Vietnam unwilling.

Huntley, Chet;
Jones, Bob

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