Statement by Assistant
to the President for Press Relations Fitzwater on Vietnam-United States Talks
on POW-MIA Issues
July 24, 1987
United States and Vietnamese
Governments have agreed on the dates of August 1
- 3, 1987,
for the visit to Hanoi of General John Vessey,
Special Presidential Emissary for POW-MIA and other humanitarian issues. Both
sides have agreed that these discussions on humanitarian issues should not be
linked to any outstanding political problem between the two countries, such as
normalization of relations or the Cambodian question.
Vessey's distinguished background and his dedication
to this issue are well known. The United States looks forward to
fruitful discussions with the Vietnamese on these issues through his mission.
In this regard, Members of the Senate and House yesterday informed the Vice
President of a joint resolution they expect to be passed soon expressing full
support for General Vessey's mission and calling upon
the Vietnamese to respond positively on the POW-MIA issue. The President is
grateful for the strong bipartisan support of our policy on this issue.