May 30

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Vietnam War

May 30, 1969:

Thieu vows never to agree to a coalition government

South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu, concluding a four-day visit to South Korea, tells reporters at a news conference that he would "never" agree to a coalition government with the National Liberation Front (NLF). Regarding the role of the NLF in possible elections, Thieu said, "If the communists are willing to lay down their weapons, abandon the communist ideology, and abandon atrocities, they could participate in elections."

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