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

50 Division Size Offensives by Saigon

50 Division Size Offensives by Saigon

Nguyen Van Tien of the P.R.G. delegation told us that since the ceasefire agreement was signed the P.R.G. armed forces had undertaken only strictly defensive operations against attacks on the liberated areas by Saigon troops. Because of the extent of these attacks, which have included at least 50 offensives of division size, the P.R.G. recently warned the United States and the Saigon Administration that if they continued to violate the ceasefire the liberation armed forces would be forced to launch counterattacks as a more effective form of defence of their areas of control.

The delegation pointed out the various types of violations of the ceasefire which have been committed by the United States Government and its lackeys in Saigon.

Although the Americans have withdrawn all their combat troops 10,000 military personnel have been left in civilian clothes under Temporary Duty Assignment' (TDA). These 'civilian advisors' are employed by private firms, but as these firms are under contract to the Pentagon to provide 'civilian technicians' the men on TDA are in fact working for the Defence Department.