STATEMENTS OF A VIET CONG REGIONAL COMMANDER IN DECEMBER 1971 ON HANOI'S POLICY

Created: 10/10/1972

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NORTH VlSTRtfl DECEMBER

STATEMENTSAL OOffflABEfl IH DECE'A3E3 rtrOI'S POLICY COHCERWIiG The EXPLOITATION and RELEASE. PHlSOfftlSOF was

headquarters comment: the following report describes whatto be north vietnamese policy. as of it is an accurate andof what the sourcecannot.

of course, vouch for the accuracy of all the details of this account as provided by the source.

SUAIARYleet ib] ih DECE^ER 1 of viet co 'g (VC) military region 0 cadres, the co fk-'a kder of Tht region discussed HANOI'S POLICY concerned the exploitation ah) release. prisoners of WAR (POu'S). the vc commander said thatULLY realizes THE value OF keep INS. fov's iii captivity to support a'd sustain the pressure tactics used BY THE ANTIWAR segments of. pl3lic abairst. government. the commander claimed that'ouldto USEever to force VASHlffiTOn to accept HA&i's COO it ions to EW THE war - end summary.

t. senior colonel bay , commands* of VCeet KG of regional leadership cadres in deci'3 ER 1 to discuss ncrth vietnamese policy on the exploitation aid release.s WELL as on other political asd military policies. theeld KEaRn prey vek3 province ,

as the culminationolitical ircocTPikatioa

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that had lasted several tfEEXS*

2. Oil the last day of THE course, colohI (ih told THE

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CADRES THAT. POW SITUATION WAS THE GREATEST LEVER THaT HaAS IN OBTAIN INS ITS DESIRED GOALS IN SOUTH VIETNAM (SVN). HE SaTD. POW'SERIOUS PROBLEM FOR WA SHI N3IGNIFICANT NUMB ER OF AMERICAN CITIZENS, PARTICULARLY RELATIVES OF THE PRISONERS, WERE DIRECTLY INVOLVED. PRESSURE ONAS MULTIPLIED BY THE INTENSIVE EFFORTS OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO WANTED THE POW'S RELEASED AT ANY PRICE.

aT IN EARLIER WI HAD .R HAKE AVAILABLE COMPLETE LISTSBUT SOON REALIZED THE BARGAINING POWER THAT CO ULOBY KEEPIN3 THE POW'S IN CAPTIVITY AND LETTIfC PEOPLE MOUNT PRESSURE ON WASHINGTON. SaTDI RADIO ANNOUNCED THE NAMES NUMBERS. POM'S WHEN THEY WERE CAPTURED. LaTER FEAR. POW'S MIGHT DIE IN CAPTIVITY ANOMIGHT EVENTUALLY BE QUESTIONED BY INTERNATIONAL

' AUTHORITIES,EASED MAKING PUBL IC THE LISTSOF CAPT IVES.

ItC TOA MlO IS) IT IONS FOR RETURN OF

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ALL PCWS INCLUDE .NOTE WITHDRAWAL Or ALL. TROOPS, BUT ALSO THE REMOVAL OF ALL TECHNICAL EQUIPMENT, IKCLUDIIfl RADAR EQUIPMENT A INSTALLATIONS, AND OTHER ECUIPlENT. FORCES USE UP TO THE DATE OF WITHDRAWAL . NONE OF THIS EQUIPMENT IS TO BE TURNED OVER TO THE SOUTH VIETNAMESE . THE REMOVAL OF TECHNICAL EQUIPMENTTHE DISMANTLING OF MILITARY INSTALLATIONS ARE TO ASSURE HANOI. INTENTIONS tOT TO RETURN TO SVN, BECAUSE THE WITHDRAWAL OF MANPOWER ALONE WILL MOT CONVINCE HANOI OF WASHINGTON'S PLANS FOR THE FUTURE.

INH TOLD HIS AUDIENCE THftTAS SURPRISED. FOhcTS HAVE BEEN WITHDRAWN STEADILY, BUT IT BELIEVES THAT THE NUMBER OF REMAINS TROOPS A* MILITARY ADVISORS INDICATES WASHINGTON'S COMMITMENT TO SaKjOH AND TFaT WASHINGTON MIGHT RETURN TROOPS TO SVN IN AN EMERGENCY. Hft'DI REGARDS THE TROOP WITHDRAWAL AS ANREACTION OF ha SHI 'GO PRESSURE APPLIED BY ANTIWAR SEGMENTS OF THE AMERICA"C.

fi. MINH SAIO. POWS MAY BE RELEASEDIECE-WEAL SASIS EVEN AFTER THE WITHDRAWAL OF. TRCOPS FROM SVn IF WASHINGTONILITARY ADVISORY ROLE IN SVN.YOWS WILL BE RELEASED TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE

oj'positiok politicalTVJtfizat ior directly to the ir families. WISH does wot believe ha km wO ulo ever deal with washington directly for the release of pows.

7. minh explainedlimited release" ofapplicable only to those tow'S ufo have accepted thecommunistaTffered by theirmain themes indoctrination include the

condemnation of THE useless.g of north vietnam (nvn)he absurdity and irrationality of . commitment to svh. . pows ww have-been released were those hanoi believed sympathetic to itshose who KaVE apparentlyz irscaT io n. minh Sa id that the pows to

bz'released prior to. withdrawal from svn will have ant influence on the people of.n turn, will put pressure ono accede to ha'QI's dema-xjs for ehdim3 the war.

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e. minn concluded by say1h3 that upon the completion. withdrawal from svn, the release of fow's would be assured by an arrafgement throldh international authorities. further, wen the withdrawal. troops and the 5lb seque fit release

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governments will discuss the mutual release of southorth vietnamese row's, upon resolution of thisermanent cease-fire will be enactedarrangements made tooalition government.

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