July 11, 1969 : Thieu challenges NLF to participate in free elections

Introduction

South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu, in a televised speech, makes a “comprehensive offer” for a political settlement. He challenged the National Liberation Front to participate in free elections organized by a joint electoral commission and supervised by an international body. Following the speech, South Vietnamese Foreign Minister Tran Chanh Thanh, seeking to clarify the Thieu proposal, said communists could never participate in elections in South Vietnam “as communists” nor have any role in organizing elections–only by the South Vietnamese government could organize the elections.

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July 11, 1969 : Thieu challenges NLF to participate in free elections

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    2009

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    July 11, 1969 : Thieu challenges NLF to participate in free elections

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    November 22, 2017

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