VIETNAM-U.S.: HANOI CONTINUES TO DENY CHARGES ON U.S. POW'S

Created: 1/23/1992

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Hanoi has continued to reflect heightened concern about the potential for damage to its relationship with Washington from charges that8 it was still holding Americans captured during the Indochina war and that Soviet KGB officers interrogated them {Trends of IS Issuing yet another official denial of the allegations made by former Soviet KGB Gen. Oleg Kalugin, Hanoi onanuaryessage from its Office for the Search for Americans Missing in Action (MIA) to. MIA office in Hanoi reiterating Vietnam's position that Kalugin's claims are an "ill-intentioned fabrication' (Hanoi radio). The message--an apparent attempt to preempt Kalugin's testimony before. Congress ont--went on to present in great detail what it claimed were the results of

Vietnam's 'serious and careful investigation' into theFORI RELEASE

That investigation purportedly concluded there was only one meeting 1

. POWGB officer, in" Reflecting Vietnam's concerns about the political fallout from the charges, the message called on the United States not to use the event "as an

excuse to cooktory" about American POWs being held in Vietnam after the war.TEXT:

A commentary in tha party paper Khan Dan the next day went even further in expressing Hanoi's concern about the irapact of the charges on its relationship with Washington. The coBsaantary, carried by Vietnam's press agency VNA and by Hanoi radio's English-language service onanuary, "urged". Government and Congress to stop using the KIA-POW questionpolitical issue to block the normalizationVietnamese tie*.1 It reiterated Vietnam's position that while Hanoi considers the HIApurely humanitarian one* that it will resolveVietnamese relations would put an 'early end to tha MIA problem." At the same time, the commentary reflected exasperation with Washington's reaction to what it portrayed as the constant flow of "ill-intentioned reports' about missing Americans, calling on. Government to "make the American people understand the truth about the HIA issue* and to take "measures to preventunish those whorofit froa the sufferings of the American families."

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