NBC Evening News for Thursday, Apr 17, 1975
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(Studio) South Vietnam foreign minister in DC; tells congress members his government ready to negotiate without condition. North Vietnam refuse to negotiate till President Thieu leaves office. In Saigon, General Minh calls for Thieu's resignation.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(Saigon, South Vietnam) Buddhists have tried to oust Thieu for years; Catholics have supported Thieu from beginning. Entire Saigon senate called for Thieu's resignation 2 weeks ago. [Senator Tran Quang THUAN - doesn't think Thieu can remain in office more than 2-3 mos.] Army gens. haven't asked Thieu to quit and that's reason he hasn't. Retired General Nguyen Cao Ky did call for Thieu's resignation, but has no power to force him out. [Mme. Ngo Ba TANH - urges United States not to provide more aid; South Vietnam must learn to fight for itself.] Madame Tanh representatives independent masses; they want Thieu ousted. Madame Tanh says coalition government to bring peace and freedom for all factions.
REPORTER: John Hart