Hanoi accuses US of delaying peace talks
Tokyo: North Vietnam today accused the United States showed a “lack of goodwill” to start Vietnam peace talks by rejecting two proposals by Hanoi for an initial meeting.
The official party daily, ‘ Nhan Dan’ noted that US officials were still continuing talks with Hanoi on selection of a mutuallyagreed site.
The paper said: “This is yet another trick to delay contacts and appease public”.
The Vietnam News Agency ( VNA) broadcast the Nhan Dan article several hours after President Johnson arrived in Honolulu, Hawai, and reiterated US hopes for a start to preliminary peace talks.
The VNA broadcast was monitored in Tokyo.
Nhan Dan recalled President Johnson had said in 1966 that US representatives would go anywhere and at any time for a meeting with the North Vietnamese, even if there be only a room and a table.
Added Nhan Dan: “This statement is big sounding allows no misunderstanding. Yet, after making many such statements the Johnson administration now changes tune”.
“The US refusal to make Phnom Penh or Warsaw, the venue for contacts between the two parties stems from its lack of goodwill.”