Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa on February 2, 1972 · Page 5
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Estherville Daily News from Estherville, Iowa · Page 5

Estherville, Iowa
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Wednesday, February 2, 1972
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Says State Department: ESTHERVILLE DAILY NEWS, WED., FEB, 2, 1$72 Page 5 Some New Elements in Nixon Viet Peace Plan WASHINGTON (AP) - The State Department is telling U.S. diplomats around the world that President Nixon's Vietnam peace plan includes 12 "important new elements." This account of the Nixon offer, cabled to all U.S. diplomatic posts abroad for use in explaining the plan, contrasts with Hanoi's portrayal broadcast over the weekend. "The so-called 'generous offer' of Nixon on Jan. 25 is no novelty, but only part of the old U.S. scheme," said North Vietnam's official Communist party newspaper, Nan Dan, in a long commentary entitled "Nixon talks peace in order to continue war." "It only repeats the previous proposals which have been rejected," the Hanoi analysis said. The Viet Cong was quoted Monday as saying the peace offer is "an extremely perfidious maneuver aimed at soothing public opinions of the United States and the world . ... " Peking's official news agency said Communist forces "will step up the fight." Nixon strategists declined to . rate the denunciations as a rejection of the proposals. U.S. officials suggested China is mainly trying to show support for her North Vietnamese ally, and they continued to profess some encouragement from the lack of a flat Hanoi turndown when the Nixon offer was presented at Paris Thursday. The State Department cable pulls together ingredients from last week's statements by Nixon and presidential adviser Henry A. Kissinger on the eight-point U.S. plan, saying the offer is flexible and negotiable and "a serious effort to bring peace to Indochina. Kissinger pictured as main new elements in Nixon's plan the offers to pull U.S. and allied forces out of South Vietnam within six months provided mere is a cease-fire and prisoner release, and to hold new South Vietnamese elections with President Nguyen Van Thieu stepping down a month before the vote. The cable to U.S. envoys overseas says Thieu's agreement to resign a month ahead ofr:- the 0 elections marks "a sign nif leant amplification" of his 1969 offer of new elections in which the Viet Cong could participate. It said his public announcement of this last Tuesday is in itself important. The cable lists these 12 points as important new elements in Nixon's package: "1. Readiness to set a fixed date for total withdrawal of all U.S.-allied forces. "2. Six months' period for this fixed date as part of an over-all agreement or as part of a military settlement only. "3. Our withdrawals would be unilateral in a settlement of military issues alone (cease­ fire and prisoner release). "4. Our withdrawals would take place before the withdrawals of other outside forces in an over-all settlement. "5. A new presidential election in South Vietnam within six months of an agreement. "6. An independent election Workshop Held At Immanuel Immanuel Lutheran Church of Estherville was host to a special workshop for church officers on Sunday, January 30 for the Spencer Circuit of the Iowa District^West, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Officers and board members from the Missouri Synod Lutheran Churches of Estherville, Spencer, Emmetsburg, Terril, Spirit Lake, Mallard, Ayrshire, Lake Park, Harris and Royal were in attendance. The Rev. James Wolfram of Mallard-Ayrshire, circuit counselor, conducted a plenary opening service; and the various pastors of the circuit led training sectionals for the various boards and officers of the congregations. Petersburg Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Pell are the parents of a son born Jan. 24 at the Holy Family Hospital in Estherville. Cora Petersen, a student at Brookings, S.D., spent her midterm break at the Melvin Petersen and Alvin Knutson homes. Mr. and Mrs. John Wieskus and Marie were Friday dinner guests at the Dean Wieskus home celebrating John's birthday, Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Joe Wieskus and Chris, Mr. and Mrs. Dean Wies­ kus, Susan and Sara, Marie Wies­ kus and Peggy Hepp were supper guests at the John Wieskus home. body, including the NLF (the six months' period until the taker government headed by tion. aid from its allies. part of the final agreement and lars, in which North Vietnam Vfet Cong's National Liberation election. the chairman of the Senate "9. The United States is will- "io. south Vietnam is willing need not be immediate. could share." Front), would completely or- "7. President Thieu and the would take over, except for ing to accept limitations on mil- to adopt the nonalignment pro- "12. The United States is pre- "Our proposal calls for an ganize and run this election vice president, (Trail Van) election responsibilities. itary and economic assistance visions of the 1954 Geneva ac- pared to undertake a massive end to the war, not just to U.S. starting on the date of the Huong, would resign one month "8. All U.S. and allied forces to South Vietnam if North Viet- cords. reconstruction program in In- involvement," the State Depart- agreement and for the entire before the election and a care- would be out before the elec- nam will accept limitations on "li. The cease-fire would be dochina of several billions dol- ment cable says. 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