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Situation in South Vietnam
Date of Creation:
September 8, 1965
Date of Declassification:
April 30, 1986
Type of Document:
Monthly report
Level of Classification:
Status of Copy:
Pagination, Illustration:
23 p., 1 map
Political situation: new student demonstrations in Hue protesting government with focus on Thieu; GVN handled situation with restraint; Ky told Lodge that cabinet has decided to create a civilian council that might be transformed into a national convention for drafting a new constitution; talks with FULRO continued; on the surface, the military leadership appears solid, but there are signs that I Corps Commander Thi aspires to the leadership although his support seems limited. Military situation: Viet Cong activities during early August were highlighted by multi-battalion actions in II Corps around Duc Co in Pleiku Province, and Dak Sut in Kontum Province; there was renewed threat to Saigon and the Delta; most spectacular US activity during this period was STARLITE, an amphibious operation in the Van Tuong Peninsular atrea south of Chu Lai Air Base, in which 3rd US Marine Amphibious Force caused high casualties for VC 1st Regiment. Rural reconstruction: no progress was reported during this period; GVN efforts to handle the refugee problem have been largely ineffectual; there are estimated to be nearly 600,000 refugees, concentrated mainly in I and II Corps; Chieu Hoi returnees for the month of August numbered 6,826 persons, reflecting considerable gain over July's total of 1,854. Third country developments: month of August was marked with Premier Ky's visits to Taiwan and Thailand; Foreign Minister Do spent 2 days in Kuala Lumpur and indicated that GVN would not participate to the 2nd Afro-Asian Conference in September; Prince Sihanouk endorsed Communist conditions for a settlement in Vietnam; a sizable number of countries presented or promised assistance to RVN during August. Communis Bloc developments: detection of SAM sites in DRV; Hanoi, Moscow and Peking in their propaganda continued to condemn vehemently US actions in South Vietnam; DRV sent a "friendship" delegation headed by Hoang Van Hoan to Eastern bloc capitals to thank them for aid rendered.
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