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

Liberation Forces 'not all Viet Cong'

Liberation Forces 'not all Viet Cong'

But even members of Mr Kirk's cabinet have, in the past, seen through western attempts to distort the true nature of the South Vietnamese Liberation movement. In October 1967 the present Minister of Defence, Arthur Faulkner, reminded Parliament that: "The N.L.F. is not all Viet Cong. It comprises Buddhists and Catholics, Conservatives as well as Communists. Every element that used to be in the Viet Minh is in the N.L.F., and they combine and unite on two things — Vietnam for the Vietnamese and one Vietnam"

The Provisional Revolutionary Government is even more broad based than the National Liberation Front. It was established in June 1969 by the Congress of Representatives of South Vietnam, convened by the N.L.F. and the largely urban based Alliance of National, Democratic and Peace Forces (A.N.D.P.F.).