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Selected significant Communist statements on the question of negotiations in the Vietnam crisis
Date of Creation:
April 23, 1965
Date of Declassification:
November 24, 1981
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36 p.
This report is a compilation of selected significant Communist statements on the question of negotiations in the Vietnam crisis. The Soviets are constrained publicly to reject negotiations except on terms set by Hanoi, but they are apparently eager for a peaceful settlement of the crisis. North Vietnam is insisting on conditions which amount to a US surrender, but there may be some flexibility in this position. Peiping is taking the hardest line of all. The principal Chinese objective at present is apparently to ensure that violent armed struggle against the US continues. The Front, thus far, has not repeated the North Vietnamese formulation that a conference would be possible. It has denounced President Johnson's call for unconditional discussions and restated its preconditions for a "settlement" of the situation. The Front's conditions are essentially the same as Hanoi's, but it generally adds the condition that it (the Front) must also have the "decisive" voice in any settlement.
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