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Salient. Victoria University Student Newspaper. Volume 36, Number 10. 23rd May 1973

National Unity against U.S. Aggression

National Unity against U.S. Aggression

To defeat the Americans in their continuing attempt to divide Vietnam permanently and establish a neo-colony in the south, the N.F.L. and the P.R.G. have adopted a policy of working for the broadest possible national unity of all social, political and religious groups that believe in peace, independence, democracy and neutrality. Thus the P.R.G. demanded that the Peace Agreement should provide for the inclusion of the neutralist forces in any political settlement in South Vietnam. As explained elsewhere the P.R.G. itself is a very representative coalition of South Vietnamese political forces.

The PRC delegation stressed two particular areas in which Thieu has attempted to sabotage the Peace Agreement.

Firstly he has denied hundreds of thousands of refugees in the towns and cities the right to return to their native villages, a right guaranteed under Article 11 of the agreement, and has kept these people virtual prisoners in concentration camps, euphemistically known as strategic hamlets, refugee camps or resettlement camps. If the refugees were allowed to return to their villages, largely under P.R.G. control, the Saigon Administration would lose all credibility.