Outlook for Negotiations on Viet Nam
Johnson's Acceptannce of Unconditional Talks
Affirmation by President Johnson of American readiness to enter into “unconditional discussions” on settlement of the Viet Nam question was welcomed by Western nations, not as a breakthrough to peace in Southeast Asia, but as an opening, however narrow, in that direction. Reaction of Communist countries to the President's address at Johns Hopkins University on April 7 was almost wholly negative.1 But there is nevertheless some feeling that a step has now been taken which, whatever the obstacles to be surmounted, may finally lead the warring adversaries to the conference table.
The President suggested at Baltimore that there were several roads to peace in Viet Nam: “In discussion or negotiation with the governments concerned; in large ...