Nation: Motion in Saigon, Deadlock in Paris

For those who have least hope of leaving the war behind—the South Vietnamese—there was no respite from the fighting at home or the interminable diplomatic fencing abroad. Nonetheless, President Thieu finally acted last week to resolve one of the major sticking points in the Paris negotiations. The issue was whether the Communists should be permitted to participate in national elections, which they are specifically prohibited from doing under South Vietnam's constitution.

Actually, Thieu's move had been discounted in advance. He had hinted at it before, and a month ago President Nixon let it be known that Thieu "will be making an offer...

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