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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 8. 19th April 1973


A delegation from the Democratic Republic of Vietnam and the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam wilt visit New Zealand at the end of May at the invitation of the Wellington Committee on Vietnam.

The Committee decided at its Annual General Meeting last week to bring the six man delegation here after its visit to Australia at a cost of about $3000. The trip will be part of a campaign to press the Labour Government to recognise both the D.R.V. and the P.R.G.

At present New Zealand has adopted a very partisan stand towards Vietnam by recognising only the Thieu regime in Saigon, the Government of the Republic of Vietnam. The C.O.V. decided that the best way to end this position was to press for the recognition of the P.R.G. and the D.R.V. The meeting rejected a proposal by the local branch of the Communist Party to also call for the Government to break relations with Thieu. The majority of people felt that New Zealand should respect the Paris Peace Agreement which recognises two governments in South Vietnam, the P.R.G. and Thieu's Regime.