South Vietnamese President Nguyen Van Thieu delivers a speech on the state of the nation before a joint session of the South Vietnamese National Assembly, asserting that 99.1 percent of the country had been "pacified." The pacification program that he alluded to had been a long-term multi-faceted effort to provide territorial security, destroy the enemy's underground government, reassert political control, involve the people in their own government, and provide for economic and social reforms. Citing success in this program, Thieu said that a military victory was close at hand and that "we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel." With regard to the ongoing peace talks in Paris, the South Vietnamese president declared that the Communists viewed negotiations merely as a way to gain time and "to achieve victory gradually." He said he would never accept a coalition government with the Communists, because "countless past experiences" had already shown that such an approach would not bring peace.
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Thieu vows to never accept a coalition government
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This Week in History, Oct 31 - Nov 6
- Oct 31, 1968
- President Johnson announces bombing halt
- Oct 31, 1970
- Thieu vows to never accept a coalition government
- Nov 01, 1964
- Military and political situation in South Vietnam deteriorates
- Nov 01, 1968
- Two new programs initiated in South Vietnam
- Nov 02, 1963
- Diem murdered during coup
- Nov 02, 1967
- Johnson meets with "the Wise Men"
- Nov 03, 1967
- Battle of Dak To begins
- Nov 03, 1969
- Nixon calls on the "silent majority"
- Nov 04, 1969
- South Vietnamese battle communists along the Cambodian border
- Nov 04, 1970
- U.S. hands over air base to the Vietnamese Air Force
- Nov 05, 1968
- Nixon wins presidential election
- Nov 05, 1970
- U.S. combat deaths down
- Nov 06, 1963
- General Minh takes over leadership of South Vietnam
- Nov 06, 1970
- South Vietnamese forces attack into Cambodia
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