VIETNAMESE COMMUNIST PARTY LEADERSHIP ASSERTION TO VISITING FINNISH COMMUNIST P

Created: 3/8/1977

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SUWICT VIETNAMESE COMMUNIST PARTY LEADERSHIP ASSERTION TO VISITING FINNISH COMMUNIST PARTY CHAIRMAN THAT NO INFORMATION EXISTS ON AMERICANS STILL MISSING IN ACTION; POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC POSITION OF VIETNAM

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COUNTRY: VIETNAM

SUBJECT: V( ETNA ME SE COMMUNIST ASSERTION TO

VISITING FINNISHCHAIRMAN THAT NO

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S A a R I Ki A IR MA K OFE FINNISH COMMUNIS" PARTYCCOPPANIEO BY FCP FUNCTIONARIES J I N AND IRIHA LlNDcBERGi VISITED THE SOCIALIST REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM (SRVJ TO ATTEND THE FOURTH CONGRESS OF THg VIETNAMESEER S

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PAHTY WHICH WAS HELD IN HANOI.)

CONVERSATIONS WITH THE LEADERSHIP OFE PARTY, saar1nen BROUGHT UP THE QUESTION OF IN ACTION. THE VIETNAMESE RESPONDED THAT THEY HAVEOF ANY FOREIGN SOiOIERS HISSING NOT PREVIOUSLY THEYA ARINEN THATIVIL WAR SUCH ASIN VIETNAM HHICH INVOLVED SEVERAL NATIONALITIES SOUTH KOREANS. PILIPINOSS ETC. MANY GUERRILl*TAKE RIACE IN REMOTE AREAS AND THE DEAD areFOR. THIS MAS ESPECIALLY TRUE IN SHALL VILLAGESWERE NEVER SURE WHO THE COMBATANTS WERE A'lDTHE DEAD FOLLOWING MILITARY ACTIONS. THESAARINEN THAT THEY MAINTAIN NO PRISONER OF WAR CAMPS

AN 0 THAT SUCH CAMPS WOULD BE UNFEASIBLE pR OH AN INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL STANDPOINT.

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MEMBERSHIP IN The UNITED NATIONS. THEINFORMEDTHAT THEY COULD NOT UNDERSTANDTO THEIR ENTRY. THEY MAINTAINED THAT. HASPROBLEMS FO* ITSELF. MEMBERSHIP WaS NQT ThAT IANT TO VIETNAM EXCEPT AS a SYMBOL OF RECOGNITION.

4. SAARJNEh DESCRIBED THECONOMIC SITUATION AS RECONSTRUCTION WAS PROGRESSINGLOW PACE AND AID*AND TECHNICAL' HAS DESPERATELY NEEDED IN EVERTADDED THAT TmE VIETNAMESEERTAIN RETICENCE TO AS< fTYPES OF AID AND ASCRIBED IT TO ThE PECul MR umEn REQUESTING ASSISTANCE. THEY SImPl* STATEDWHICH COULD BE CONTRIBUTED WOULD BE APPREC IA CONTENDED TO SAARINEN TmaT THE SRV LAN FOR NATION-WIDE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT w- ;Ch IMPLEMENTED MAKE VIETNAM THE MOST INDUSTRIALIZED NATION YEARS. WHILE VISITING IN UPPER" OF WHAT

WAS SOUTH VIETNAM, ARIAS TOLD THAT ONE OF THE ma. OR POLE'S W[ TH WHICH THE SRV MUST COPE IS THE RE-EDUCATION OF THE POPULACE. ESPECIALLY TME YOUNGO HAD BEEN MISTRESSES TQICAN SOLDIERS AND HAD BECOME USEDSOFT LIFE" AND HAD NO DESIRE TO WOHK| FIELDS OH ON RECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS, THEY. ALONG WITH THE FORMER bl AC MARKETEERS.REE MOST TROUBLE ADAPTING TO "SOCIALIST SOCIETY.- REGARDING RErUGEES REfljfiNlNG TO THE SRV, TMfc OFFICIALS SAID THAT THEY ARE WELCOME BUT ONLY ON THE PRECONDITION THAT THEY ARE COMMITTED TO MAKING EVERY EFFORT TC

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ADJUST TO THE SOCIALISTF LIFE. THEY ESTIMATED THAT THERE ARE NOW APPROXIMATELYILLION VIETNAMESESHE MOLA ND 1

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S. SAARINEN ASKED THE OFFICIALS HOH VIEWED ThE PRESET SINO-SOVIET IDEOLOGICAL QUESTION. THEY REPLIED TmAT THEYDM COUNTRIES BU* AT PRESENT REFUSED TC TAKE SIDES. ONCE ECONOMIC RECOVERY IS ACCOMPLISHED* LL STUOr THE QUESTION OF SINO-SOVIET DIFFERENCES.

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