269. Message From the United States to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam 1
General Walters should hand over the draft statement of principles to the North Vietnamese.
He should then read the following oral message:
“At the September 13 meeting Minister Xuan Thuy stated that the U.S. side should review the various suggestions made by the North Vietnamese.2 The North Vietnamese side has also said that it would be forthcoming if a generous proposal is made by the U.S. side. The U.S. believes that this new proposal goes to the limits of possible generosity and fully takes into account the North Vietnamese propositions. The U.S. hopes that the North Vietnamese response will reflect the same attitude.
“Dr. Kissinger is prepared to meet on November 1, 1971 with Mr. Le Duc Tho, or some other appropriate official from Hanoi, together with Minister Xuan Thuy. He will be prepared at that meeting also to take account of other points that have been discussed in previous meetings in this channel.
“In the interim it is expected that both sides will refrain from bringing pressures through public statements which can only serve to complicate the situation.
“The U.S. side is putting forward these new proposals as one last attempt to negotiate a just settlement before the end of 1971.”
- Source: National Archives, Nixon Presidential Materials, NSC Files, Box 1039, Files for the President, Vietnam Negotiations, HAK II 1971. Top Secret; Sensitive; Exclusively Eyes Only. Handwritten at top of the page is, “For the October 4 Meeting, 10/11/71,” but Xuan Thuy was unavailable so Walters delivered it and the attached statement of principles to Vo Van Sung on October 11. Kissinger included the text of the eight-point proposal in White House Years, pp. 1489–1490. For an account of the North Vietnamese view of the proposal, see Luu and Nguyen, Le Duc Tho–Kissinger Negotiations in Paris, pp. 210–211.↩
- See Document 254.↩
- No classification marking.↩