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The Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary said that there had been some movement in the Paris negotiations in Vietnam. The North Vietnamese National Liberation Front had put forward their ten point plan; and the President of the United States, Mr Nixon, had on 14th May announced a series of measures aimed at the withdrawal of foreign forces from South Vietnam and the termination of hostilities. In his speech President Nixon had made it clear that the United States were not simply going to abandon the South Vietnamese. Any withdrawal of United States troops would be conditional on the withdrawal of North Vietnamese troops from South Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, and the creation of conditions in which the South Vietnamese could freely choose their own government. It was of interest that, in the course of the current exchanges, the North Vietnamese had for the first time overtly admitted that there were North Vietnamese troops in South Vietnam.