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Start Date: Wednesday, December 13, 1972 1:31 AM
End Date: Wednesday, December 13, 1972 1:38 AM
Participants:Nixon, Richard M. (President); Haig, Alexander M., Jr.;
Recording Device: White House Telephone
On December 12, 1972, President Richard M. Nixon and Alexander M. Haig, Jr. talked on the telephone from 8:31 pm to 8:38 pm. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 034-054 of the White House Tapes.
Nixon Library Finding Aid:
Conversation No. 34-54 Date: December 12, 1972 Time: 8:31 pm – 8:38 pm Location: White House Telephone The President talked with Alexander M. Haig, Jr. Vietnam negotiations -Henry A. Kissinger’s message -Length -Tone -Compared to telephone call -Protocols -Work by experts -Washington Star article -Kissinger’s return -Military plan -Gradualness -Wire to Kissinger -Reconnaisance -Demilitarized zone [DMZ] -Le Duc Tho -Politburo difficulty -Message exchange -Telephone call from Anatoliy F. Dobrynin -Trip [by Tricia Nixon Cox and Edward R. F. Cox] -Possible cancellation -Avoidance of embarrassment -Haig’s recent conversation with Dobrynin -Kissinger’s message -Settlement agreement -Prospects -47- NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM Tape Subject Log (rev. Dec.-07) Conversation No. 34-54 (cont’d) -Exchange of messages -North Vietnamese delays -Call to Dobrynin -Trip cancellation -US bombing -Timing -Kissinger’s message -Tone -Nguyen Van Thieu -Vice President Spiro T. Agnew’s and Haig’s possible trip -Exerting pressure on Thieu -Withdrawals -Effect on Hanoi -Financial assistance -Melvin R. Laird -Public comment -Thieu -Message for Ellsworth F. Bunker -Kissinger at Paris -William J. Porter -Thieu’s speech to the South Vietnam National Assembly December 12, 1972 -Central Intelligence Agency [CIA] analysis -Call to Dobrynin -Trip cancellation -Leonid I. Brezhnev