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Vietnam / POW's #468912

NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Feb 27, 1973
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(Studio) North Vietnam says no more American POW's to be released until United States takes more responsibility for enforcing South Vietnam truce. North Vietnam complains of treatment of its members Joint Mil. Commission in South Vietnam. White House reacts sharply. Orders Secretary State Rogers, now at international Paris conference on Vietnam, to ignore conference and concentrate on prisoners of war issue.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(White House) President spokesperson Ronald Ziegler says United States expects POW's to be released on schedule. [ZIEGLER - says American POW's to be released, according to terms of truce, at same rate American servicemen withdrawn from Vietnam. 1/2 American servicemen now withdrawn, but only 1/4 American POW's released.]
REPORTER: Richard Valeriani

(Studio) It's felt that North Vietnam using POW's, only lever they have, to get concessions from South Vietnam. Paris conference stalemated over prisoners of war issue.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Paris, France) At international conference this morning, United States doesn't mention POW's. North Vietnam's spokesperson Nguyen Duy Trinh complains of cease-fire violations, but doesn't mention POW's either. As scheduled, Rogers meets with USSR 's For. Min. Andrei Gromyko. Then Rogers receives word from Nixon that POW issue to come before any other business at conference [US spokesperson Robert McCLOSKEY - says cease-fire violations, by terms of truce, not connected with prisoners of war release.]
REPORTER: Lloyd Dobyns

(Studio) North Vietnam has complained of failures of Joint Mil. Commission and ICCS.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Until now nothing in cease-fire agreement has worked but POW release. Now that isn't working either. North Vietnam members Joint Mil. Cmsn. angry over fact that they're not allowed to talk with press and that they are not given protection from South Vietnam mobs. Also, South Vietnam not releasing civilian South Vietnam POW's sympathetic with Communists, and fighting continues. North Vietnam using American POW's as lever to get South Vietnam to respect terms of truce through United States pressure on Thieu government
REPORTER: Steve Delaney

(Studio) Events of week prove peace difficult to obtain for Vietnam and Indochina as whole.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Chancellor, John;
Delaney, Steve;
Dobyns, Lloyd;
Valeriani, Richard

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