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Start Date: Saturday, January 20, 1973 2:32 PM

End Date: Saturday, January 20, 1973 2:59 PM

Participants:

Nixon, Richard M. (President)Kissinger, Henry A.

Recording Device: White House Telephone

036-021.mp3

NARA Description:

On January 20, 1973, President Richard M. Nixon and Henry A. Kissinger talked on the telephone from 9:32 am to 9:59 am. The White House Telephone taping system captured this recording, which is known as Conversation 036-021 of the White House Tapes.

Nixon Library Finding Aid:

Conversation No. 36-21

Date: January 20, 1973
Time: 9:32 am - 9:59 am
Location: White House Telephone

The President talked with Henry A. Kissinger.

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                  -Kissinger’s attendance
                  -The President’s view
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                  -Constitution Hall
                  -Kissinger’s view

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                                -18-

      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                        Tape Subject Log
                          (rev. Jul-08)

                                                 Conversation No. 36-21 (cont’d)

      -Conditions
-South Vietnamese officials
      -Foreign Minister
            -Meeting with Kissinger in Paris
                   -Kissinger’s view
                   -Message to Thieu
-William H. Sullivan
      -Agreement details
            -Police force
-The President’s meeting with Congressional leaders
      -Unilateral initialing
      -Thieu
      -Peace agreement acceptance
            -Timing
-Haig
-Ellsworth F. Bunker
-The President’s message to Thieu
      -The President’s meeting with Congressional leaders
      -Barry M. Goldwater, John C. Stennis
      -Thieu’s acceptance of agreement
            -Possible ramifications
                   -South Vietnam aid
-Haig’s message
      -Bunker
      -Tran Van Lam
            -Trip to Paris
-The President’s message to Thieu
      -Lam’s trip to Paris
      -Congress
      -Spiro T. Agnew
            -Trip to South Vietnam
      -Signing of agreements
            -Need for Thieu’s acceptance
-Negotiations
      -North Vietnamese
      -Thieu
      -Protocols
            -Washington Post
      -Sullivan
            -Pistols
                                -19-

      NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                         Tape Subject Log
                           (rev. Jul-08)

                                                  Conversation No. 36-21 (cont’d)

             -Police force
             -Officers, enlisted men
      -Protocols
             -North Vietnamese troops in South Vietnam
                   -Kissinger’s response
-Messages
-Thieu
      -The President’s view
             -The President’s experience
                   -Trips in the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China
                     [PRC]
      -Corps commanders
      -US aid
      -William P. Rogers
             -Previous statements
             -Vietnamization
                   -The President’s view
      -Response to the President’s message
             -Deadline
             -The President’s meeting with Congressional leaders
                   -Selected leaders
                         -Goldwater
             -Contingencies
                   -The President’s public statements
-Details of final negotiations
-US bureaucracy
-Allies
      -Australia
      -Informing
             -Marshall Green
                   -Message
      -Australia, New Zealand
      -Canada
             -Pierre E. Trudeau
             -The President’s view
             -The President’s instructions
                                             -20-

                   NIXON PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM

                                      Tape Subject Log
                                        (rev. Jul-08)