January 16, 1969 : Agreement to open peace talks reached

Introduction

An agreement is reached in Paris for the opening of expanded peace talks. It was agreed that representatives of the United States, South Vietnam, North Vietnam, and the National Liberation Front would sit at a circular table without nameplates, flags or markings.

The talks had been plagued from the beginning by procedural questions, and the participants literally jockeyed for desirable positions at the negotiating table. Prolonged discussions over the shape of the negotiating table were finally resolved by the placement of two square tables separated by a round table. Seemingly insignificant matters as the table placement and seating arrangement became fodder for many arguments between the delegations at the negotiations.

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January 16, 1969 : Agreement to open peace talks reached

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  • Year Published

    2009

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    January 16, 1969 : Agreement to open peace talks reached

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  • Access Date

    November 24, 2017

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