ABC Evening News for Friday, Nov 08, 1968
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(Studio) South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu proposes that United States become point of their delegation and Viet Cong become point of North Vietnam delegation. North Vietnam spokesperson rejects proposal. Xuan Thuy says it's their problem if United States and South Vietnam want to be 1, but North Vietnam and VC to remain independent groups. United States promises study of proposal. Reporter talks to Bill Gill and John Scali in Washington, DC and Ted Koppel in Miami about Paris Peace Talks.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds
(Studio) Proposal unacceptable to US. President Johnson instructs Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker to make counter offer. Johnson understands Thieu's need to prove he's not puppet. Terms to be watered down and eventually we'll all be at table. Nixon knows he's only President-elect and acting as such. If Johnson can end Vietnam war before Nixon takes over, Nixon would be delighted. Nixon not willing to be played off against Johnson. Vietnam involvement began under Eisenhower and Nixon.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds; John Scali; Bill Gill; Ted Koppel