September 27

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Vietnam War

Sep 27, 1969:

Thieu comments on Nixon's Vietnamization policy

President Nguyen Van Thieu says his government entertains no "ambition or pretense" to take over all fighting by the end of 1970, but given proper support South Vietnamese troops could replace the "bulk" of U.S. troops that year. Thieu said his agreement on any further U.S. troops withdrawals would hinge on whether his requests for equipment and funds for ARVN forces were granted. These comments were in response to President Nixon's continued emphasis on "Vietnamizing" the war so that U.S. forces could be withdrawn.

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