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Vietnam / Peace Talks #461828

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Dec 12, 1972
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(Studio) Vietnam peace settlement may be at hand.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Neuilly, France) 3 mtgs. held today with regard to Vietnam peace. 1 meeting between US Ambassador William Porter and North Vietnam Xuan Thuy. 2nd meeting between technical experts both sides. Language experts only useful if working on precise translation of agreement. Kissinger, Porter and William Sullivan go to Gif-sur-Yvette to meet with Le Duc Tho and Thuy. 2 mtgs. scheduled for tomorrow. Kissinger's plane ready to take him to United States after tomorrow's talks - maybe with agreement in his pocket.

(Studio) South Vietnam government of Nguyen Van Thieu might not sign agreement. Thieu offers counter-proposals for Vietnam settlement.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Thieu says won't sign Paris peace proposal in current form. Offers Christmas truce during which Saigon, Hanoi and Viet Cong would talk. Saigon would release 1,015 North Vietnam POW's; and arrangements could be made for prisoner exchange on both sides during truce. Thieu says US-North Vietnam agreement a sell-out. South Vietnam popular feeling is that settlement designed only to get United States POW's back.

(Studio) Viet Cong and North Vietnam denounce Thieu proposal. Diplomats believe Thieu will go along with principles of settlement but won't sign it.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Jones, Bob

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