Headlines from March 29 (1973)

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Headlines from March 29 (1973) - By Sylvan Fox New York Times Service Saigon,...
By Sylvan Fox New York Times Service Saigon, South Vietnam The 60-day 60-day 60-day first phase of the Vietnam cease-fire cease-fire cease-fire ended Wednesday with fighting continuing, the "peace-keeping" "peace-keeping" "peace-keeping" "peace-keeping" machinery in a state of disarray and the prospects for real peace in South Vietnam apparently remote. The end of this phase is being marked by a momentous turning point in Vietnam's history: the complete withdrawal withdrawal of American troops after more than eight years of intense involvement. But in the view of many Western and Vietnamese officials, this turning point does not mean peace has come to South Vietnam. . withdraws from Vietnam, "The cease-fire cease-fire cease-fire isn't working," said one highly placed Western diplomat summing up the critical two months since the Paris peace accord was signed. "It hasn't been implemented as it should have been." "There certainly has been no cease-fire," cease-fire," cease-fire," said a high-ranking high-ranking high-ranking American official who only a few weeks ago predicted that the fighting would soon end. "The best we've had is a significantly reduced level of fighting but we have had these lulls before." "The thing is," still another well-informed well-informed well-informed Western official official commented, "there's a war on." The situation recently has deteriorated so seriously, in the view of these and other Western and Vietnamese sources, that the expectation now is an upsurge rather than a decline in the fighting and for a seemingly endless prolongation of the war. At the heart of the new concern and fear is the evidence that the United States says it has collected, of a massive infiltration of weapons and supplies by the North Vietnamese along the Ho Chi Minh trail network into South Vietnam. "My belief is that they wouldn't send this stuff down if they didn't expect to use it," one American analyst said. "I think what they plan to do is have a limited offensive in the next few weeks." "Rather than withering away," another official said wryly, wryly, referring to Henry .A. Kissinger's comment about North Vietnamese troops in the south, "they're getting but war goes on stronger." Two months ago, the United States, North Vietnam, South Vietnam and the Viet Cong signed an agreement in Paris "on ending the war and restoring peace in Vietnam." Vietnam." President Nixon declared at the time that "peace with honor" had been achieved. During the subsequent 60 days the United States was supposed to withdraw all its troops from Vietnam, and North Vietnam and the Viet Cong were supposed to release release all American prisoners of war. Those objectives are well on the way to being achieved. Vietnam continued on page 6A

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  1. Star Tribune,
  2. 29 Mar 1973, Thu,
  3. Page 1

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