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He called for the creation of a coalition governmen in South Vietnam with a neutralforeign policy. Kiem understood that the United States would reject such a plan but realized its propaganda value. Indeed, Washington policymarkers quickly condemned the scheme, claiming that it was tantamount to surrender to the Communists .Other world leaders, including President de Gaulle and Prince Sihanouk, urged the Jonhnson administration to consider neutralization as a possible solusion to the Southeast Asian crisis. Kiems success hampered U.S. ability to build a coalition of supportive, or at least sympathetic, allies.
When the Paris peace talks opened in 1968, Kiem joined Madame Nguyen Thi Binh as the NFLSVs representatives. According to some Vietnamese sources, While in Paris Kiem confronted a senior-level official and was called home to undergo self-critism. He later returned to Paris under the aegis of the Provisional Revolutionary Gorvernment of South Vietnam (PRG), but clearly he had lost considerable power and prestige.
Robert K. Brigham
References: Herring George C, ed. The Secret Diplomacy of the Vietnam War: the Negotiating Volumes of the Pentagon Papers (1983); Personalities of the South Vietnam Liberation Movement (1965); Pike, Douglas. Viet Cong: The Organization and Techniques of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam (1966); Truong Nhu Tang. A Viet Cong Memoir: An inside Account of the Vietnam War and its Aftermath (1985).
See also: National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam (NFLSV); Nguyen Thi Binh, Nguyen Van Thieu; Paris Negotiations; Paris Peace Accords; Provisionnal Revolutionaly Gornverment of South Vietnam (PRG).
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