January 25, 1969 : First plenary session of the formal Paris Peace talks is held

Introduction

The first fully attended meeting of the formal Paris peace talks is held. Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, the chief negotiator for the United States, urged an immediate restoration of a genuine DMZ as the first “practical move toward peace.” Lodge also suggested a mutual withdrawal of “external” military forces and an early release of prisoners of war. Tran Buu Kiem and Xuan Thuy, heads of the National Liberation Front and North Vietnamese delegations respectively, refused Lodge’s proposals and condemned American “aggression.”

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January 25, 1969 : First plenary session of the formal Paris Peace talks is held

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    2009

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    January 25, 1969 : First plenary session of the formal Paris Peace talks is held

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    November 22, 2017

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