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Prisoners of War in Indochina. Revision
[Technical Report, Memorandum Report]
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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This report considers the issue of the exchange of prisoners of war and civilian internees, likely to be of major importance in terminating the Vietnam war. It critically examines prisoner disposition in two previous settlements concerning Indochina, the Geneva Agreements of 1954 and the Laos Protocol of 1962, and elicits participants probable attitudes in forthcoming negotiations. All Vietnamese factions are likely to oppose the participation of non-Vietnamese powers in negotiations concerning Vietnamese prisoners. The Communists will probably 1 avoid submitting complete lists of prisoners, 2 continue to deny North Vietnamese Army activity outside North Vietnam, 3 oppose giving released prisoners a choice of destination, 4 try to sow distrust between the U.S. and GVN, and 5 in the actual release, be guided by political motives rather than terms of the agreement. A third party could be useful in resolving practical aspects of prisoner negotiation. A possibility is Jean Sainteny, frequent French emissary to North Vietnam.
[A, Approved For Public Release]