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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

034-054.mp3

NARA Description:

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
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                   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