Kissinger and Le Duc Tho finalize peace agreement
Henry Home Following Short Talks' Session Various Sources Report Pact Initialed by Kissinger, Tho PARIS (AP) Henry A. Kissinger Kissinger conferred with Hanoi's Le Due Tho for 3 hours and 45 minutes today and then flew back to Washington, ending a negotiating session that the White House said was to complete complete a Vietnam peace agreement. agreement. Kissinger and Tho emerged from their secret meeting and posed shaking hands in front of the International Conference Center on Avenue Kleber in sight of the Arc de Triomphe. But they gave no indication whether the cease - fire agreement agreement was now complete or whether further decisions were required from President Nixon or President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam. It was noted,, however, that official U.S. and North Vietnamese Vietnamese photographers were admitted admitted to part of the session. Kissinger flew into Paris late Monday night. By the time he drove to Orly Airport to takeoff takeoff for Washington today he had spent little more than 16 hours in the F'rench capital much shorter than his previous negotiating visits. He told newsmen waiting as he moved to his plane that he had no statement to make. Nor was there any immediate comment from the other parties parties to the negotiations. But the news agency Agence France - Presse reported shortly after Kissinger's departure that "all indications from the various various sources available in Paris seem to confirm" that Tho and Kissinger initialed the accord before ending their meeting. In the United States, the St. Louis Post - Dispatch quoted unnamed unnamed sources in Washington as saying an agreement was initialed by Kissinger and Tho, that President Nixon and Secretary Secretary of State William P. Rogers will go over the agreement in Washington and if it meets with their approval Rogers will fly to Paris. The White House would not say whether Kissinger had initialed initialed an agreement. Neither South Vietnam nor the Viet Cong took part in the meeting. But shortly before the meeting, meeting, Kissinger conferred for the second time in 10 hours with South Vietnam's foreign minister. minister. Tram Van Lam, who flew in from Saigon to be on hand for what many expect to be the final negotiations. The two also lunched together later. Kissinger, President Nixon's top foreign affairs adviser, arrived arrived four minutes after his North Vietnamese opposite number at the conference center, center, the former Hotel Majestic where the long - deadlocked sem - ipublic talks have been held. Both were smiling. White House Press Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler also announced announced a short time later that Bulletin WASHINGTON (AP) - President President Nixon will address the nation nation by television and radio at 10 p.m. EST tonight presumably presumably to announce the initialling of the Vietnam peace agreement. agreement. Kissinger was returning to Washington. He made the announcement announcement through an unusual telephone conference call to The Associated Press, United Press International and Reuters. Reuters. The announcement of Kissinger's Kissinger's return came amid reports of a possible final peace settlement settlement but Ziegler would not comment on the substance of the talks. Neither would he say what progress, if any, had been made. It was Kissinger's and Tho's first ineeting there, their previous previous negotiations having been held in suburban villas with each acting as host alternately. Some observers concluded that the move was another indication indication that agreement was near. There was no official word on whether a date has been set for signature of the agreement. Outgoing Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird hinted to newsmen newsmen in Washington Monday night that the text may be initialed initialed Wednesday. Kissinger returned to Paris Monday night and went into immediate immediate conference with Foreign Foreign Minister Tran Van Lam of South Vietnam. They met again today before Kissinger's session with Tho.