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Rogers Trip / Southeast Asia Treaty Organization / South Vietnam #5299

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 20, 1969
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(Studio) Secretary of State William Rogers attends Southeast Asia Treaty Organization meeting in Bangkok, Thailand, and says United States won't abandon peaceful evolution of S.E. Asia. Report of Rogers South Vietnam trip's purpose.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Rogers visit sets stage for summit meeting between Nixon and Thieu. South Vietnam understands and approves Nixon plan for pulling out 2 or 3 American Divs. this year Rogers told South Vietnam United States not abandoning her. Thieu believes he can replace 1st contingent with South Vietnam troops. Will Nixon hold up future withdrawals if South Vietnam manpower scarce and battlefield situation changes? Thieu regards all decisions as tentative until he meets Nixon.
REPORTER: John Scali

Scali, John;
Smith, Howard K.

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