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Views of North Vietnamese leaders on peace negotiations
Date of Creation:
May 1, 1968
Date of Declassification:
May 11, 1992
Type of Document:
Intelligence information cable
Level of Classification:
Status of Copy:
Pagination, Illustration:
7 p.
The North Vietnamese will insist on complete cessation of bombardments before they open formal negotiations with the United States but they are interested in the existing contact in Vientiane as a useful unpublicized exchange of views on the shape of eventual negotiations. The North Vietnamese plan to have a third party represented in the negotiations, a "national government", which will include the National Liberation Front (NLF) and certain non-NLF South Vietnamese politicians. The North Vietnamese foresee the likelihood that United States bases will continue to exist in South Vietnam after the completion of negotiations. The North Vietnamese consider that China, although disagreeing with a negotiated settlement, is powerless to prevent it.
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