Hanoi ac­cuses US of de­lay­ing peace talks

The Asian Age - - News+ -

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.”

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