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US-Vietnam Relations / MIA's #47821

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 23, 1977
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(Studio) President Carter announces United States and Vietnam moving to resumption of normal relations, after report from MIA (missing in action) commission
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) [CARTER - says trip realized every purpose. Vietnam didn't tie United States economic aid to MIA (missing in action) information and has suggested diplomatic talks begin in Paris immediately; will reply to Pham Van Dong in agreement with this.] Not clear when talks to begin. Commission chairperson Leonard Woodcock notes Vietnamese say they hold no prisoners and know of no Americans living among them. [WOODCOCK - commission concludes no living Americans left in Vietnam or Laos, nor any prisoners.]
REPORTER: Sam Donaldson

(Studio) Carter notes 1 body sent back by Vietnam is Vietnamese and is honest mistake. Vietnam has been notified and body being sent back. Families of MIA's have followed events closely.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

(DC) National League of Families has rejected earlier House committee report which asked Defense Department to declare all MIA's legally dead and now rejects Woodcock's report [League executive director Carol BATES - says Woodcock's statements based on his beliefs with regard to what Vietnam said, but neither he nor League can know certainly. Notes evidence of some Americans still held after peace agreement for year or so.] [MIA (missing in action) father Colonel Earl HOOPER - is disappointed in commission's bargaining position.] League contends United States should get as much MIA (missing in action) information as possible from Vietnam and Laos.
REPORTER: Charles Gibson

(Studio) Carter news conference on Thursday noted.
REPORTER: Barbara Walters

Reporter(s):
Donaldson, Sam;
Gibson, Charles;
Walters, Barbara
Duration:
00:04:20

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