Progress At Last

Looking for rapprochement, Vietnam promises new POW/MIA evidence

FOR THE FAMILIES OF AMERICAN SOLDIERS AND PIlots missing in Southeast Asia, the announcement was as stunning as the orange sunrise bathing the Rose Garden Friday morning. President Bush announced that "Hanoi has agreed to provide us with all, and I repeat all, information they have collected on American pows and mias." Confirming a report that first appeared in TIME's Oct. 26 issue (Grapevine), Bush called the acquisition of more than 5,000 black-and-white photos of American POW/MIAS from the Vietnam era a "significant, real breakthrough" in determining the fate of the 2,265 Americans still not fully accounted for.

Supplementing Bush's statement,...

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