851g.00/2–348: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Consulate General at Saigon


21. Mil Attaché Bangkok1 reports Pham Ngoc Thach, one of Ho Chi Minh’s2 chief lieutenants, in course recent visit (1) said he departing for India 29 Jan with petition signed by Ho Chi Minh requesting UN intervention (2) confirmed suspicion previously voiced by Amer correspondent of imminent offensive which certain involve fighting in city Saigon.

Sent Saigon as 21; rptd New Delhi as 79. Saigon repeat Hanoi.

  1. Col. Reginald F. C. Vance.
  2. President of the Provisional Government of Vietnam Democratic Republic.