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Vietnam / Thieu Plan / Viet Cong Rejection / Nixon #6127

ABC Evening News for Friday, Jul 11, 1969
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(Studio) President Thieu has 6-part program for political settlement of war, calling for all political ptys. to take point in elections, supervised by International Cmsn. Nixon praises plan. Communists call it "perfidious maneuver."
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(Saigon, South Vietnam) Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker applied pressure to Thieu to make proposal now. 2 things to be done before election: North Vietnam and American troops withdrawn and cease-fire. Thieu trying to buy time to consolidate military power and widen his political base.
REPORTER: Craig Spence

(Studio) Nixon calls Thieu plan fair and statesmanlike.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) Thieu's plan bears "made in US" stamp. Plan ironed out in US-Saigon confs. and by National Security advisors. White House kept pressure on Thieu to deliver. Thieu likened to "bridegroom at shotgun wedding."
REPORTER: Tom Jarriel

Jarriel, Tom;
Reynolds, Frank;
Spence, Craig

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