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~pk ' FOREIGN AFFAIRS

10 July 1971

FOR THE PRESS

' VIET-NAM NEGOTIATIONS . .

In response to press enquiries the Department

of Foreign Affairs said tbday

"On 9th July the Prime;Minister received the

" following telegram from' Mr Whit lam in Peking .

(text as received):-BEGINS: . . URGE YOUR UTMOST INFLUENCE V/ITH AMERICAN ' ADMINISTRATION ON SEVEN POINT PROPOSALS' ·

CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION RELAYED $0 ME FROM .

■ HIGHEST SOURCES HERB THESE PROPOSALS INTENDED

TO DIFFER IN EXTENT AND KIND ALL PREVIOUS

PROPOSALS CHINESE SUPPORT' GREATER CONVINCED

AMERICA BEING GIVEN HONORABLE OPPORTUNITY

FOR DISENGAGEMENT. ...ENDS

"The Prime Minister replied to Mr Whitlam, .by

telegram, on the same.day, making the following

points:- ■

a) MO DOUBT THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT IS ALREADY MAKING ITS VIEWS KNOWN IN PARIS WHERE IT"HAS AN EMBASSY

API WHERE THE ACTUAL VIET-NAM NEGOTIATIONS ARE TAKING PLACE: ;

b) A CAREFUL RE-READING OF THE·ACTUAL PROPOSALS ·

. DOES NOT IMMEDIATELY SUBSTANTIATE THE ASSESSMENT

PUT TO MR WHITLAM IN PEKING

c) MR WHITLAM WOULD KNOW:. THAT THE UNITED STATES HAS

ALREADY TAKEN THE INITIATIVE IN PARIS OF SEEKING

PRIVATE DISCUSSION WITH NORTH VIET-NAM. THE

' AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT HAS NOTED'WITH REGRET THAT

U.S. AMBASSADOR BRUCE'S REQUEST FOR PRIVATE TALKS

TO ASCERTAIN NORTH VIET-NAM'S INTENTIONS FURTHER

HAS BEEN EVADED. - . -

"The U.S. State Department has been informed by the

Australian Embassy in Washington·of Mr Whitlam's

telegram and of the Prime Minister's reply. "