September 1

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Vietnam War

Sep 1, 1966:

De Gaulle urges the United States to get out of Vietnam

In a speech before 100,000 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, President Charles de Gaulle of France denounces U.S. policy in Vietnam and urges the U.S. government to pull its troops out of Southeast Asia.

De Gaulle said that negotiations toward a settlement of the war could begin as soon as the United States committed to withdrawing its troops by a certain date. He and Prince Norodom Sihanouk signed a declaration calling for noninterference in the Indochinese peninsula by foreign nations. Three days later, Assistant Secretary of State William Bundy on NBC-TV's Meet The Press rejected de Gaulle's proposal and said that the United States intended to withdraw its forces when "the North Vietnamese get out." During the same speech, he also revealed that the United States now had 25,000 military people in Thailand, principally for air force operations.

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