May 03, 1968 : Paris is chosen as site for peace talks

Introduction

After 34 days of discussions to select a site, the United States and North Vietnam agree to begin formal negotiations in Paris on May 10, or shortly thereafter. Hanoi disclosed that ex-Foreign Minister Xuan Thuy would head the North Vietnamese delegation at the talks. Ambassador W. Averell Harriman was named as his U.S. counterpart. The start of negotiations brought a flurry of hope that the war might be settled quickly. Instead, the talks rapidly degenerated into a dreary ritual of weekly sessions, during which both sides repeated long-standing positions without seeming to come close to any agreement.

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May 03, 1968 : Paris is chosen as site for peace talks

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    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

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    May 03, 1968 : Paris is chosen as site for peace talks

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    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/paris-is-chosen-as-site-for-peace-talks

  • Access Date

    November 24, 2017

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