December 08, 1966 : North Vietnam rejects Johnson’s prisoner exchange proposal

Introduction

The International Red Cross announces in Geneva that North Vietnam has rejected a proposal by President Johnson for a resolution of the prisoner of war situation. He had proposed a joint discussion of fair treatment and possible exchange of war captives held by both sides. The International Red Cross submitted the proposal to North Vietnamese officials in July after Johnson first broached the plan on July 20 at a news conference. No solution was reached on the issue until the Paris Peace Accords were signed in January 1973. By the terms of the accords, all U.S. prisoners were to be released by the following March.

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December 08, 1966 : North Vietnam rejects Johnson’s prisoner exchange proposal

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    2009

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    December 08, 1966 : North Vietnam rejects Johnson’s prisoner exchange proposal

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/north-vietnam-rejects-johnsons-prisoner-exchange-proposal

  • Access Date

    December 16, 2017

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