s 13916 CONGRESSIONAL RECORD- SENATE November 7, 1969
rMr.· MANSFIELD. Mr. President, I ask
unanimous consent that I may proceed
for not to exceed 10 minutes.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Without objection,
it is so ordered.
Mr. MANSFIELD. Mr. President, I join
with the distinguished minority leader,
the Senator from Pennsylvania xample, to consider adding a plea with
rettard to information on the U.S. war
prisoners in North Vietnam and for the
humane treatment of the wounded, the
cP.r'tives. and the helpless on all sides.
Let me emphasize finally that I would
expect the committee to take ample time
to consider this resolution in all or its
aspects. It is not introduced for purposes
of v.1ndow dressing or propaganda and,
since it is sponsored by the joint leadership,
It Is not Introduced with partisan
Intent. The day is very late for anything
other than the most sober consideration
of this question. There is no margin for
the misunderstandings of another Tonkin
Gulf resolution in terms of the Senate's
responsibility and in terms of the
urgent need of the Nation for a.n end to
It would be my fervent hope that whatever
action is taken by the committee
and the Senate, it will be an action which
will not serve to prolong this conflict. If
the Senate acts at all, let it try to act
with the President not to enlarge thls
tragic war but to shorten the path to
I ask unanimous consent that the text
of the resolution be printed in the REcORD
at thiS point.
There being no objection, the resolution
was ordered to be printed in the
REcoRD. as follows·
Rerolved, Tha.t the Senate at!irms Its support
for the President In hls et'Corta to negotla.
te a. Just peace In Vletna.m, expresses the
e&l'nest hope of the people o! the Unl ted
States for such a peace, calls attention to the
nwnerous peaceful overtures which the
United Sta.tee has made In good fa.1th toward
the Government of North Vletne.m, approves
and supports the principles enuncta.ted by
the President tha.t the people ot South Vletn.
a.m a.re entitled to choose their own government
by means of free elections open to
e.ll South VIetnamese a.nd that the Unlted
States Is wllllng to abide by the results or
such elections, and requests the President
to ca.U upon the Government o! North VIet-nam
to join In a proclama.tlon or a. mutua.!
cease-fire and to announce lt.o w1lllngness to
honor such elections and to abide by sucn
~ult.l and to allow the Issues In controversy
to be pea.oe!ully so resolved In order that the
war may be ended and peace may be restored
at last In Southeast Asia.
Mr. SCOTT. Mr. President, I ask
unanimous consent that 'f. may proceed
for 2 minutes.
The VICE PRESIDENT. Without obJection,
it is so ordered.
Mr. SCOTT. Mr. President, I wish to
congratulate the distinguished majority
leader and to join him In his declaration
of a desire to appear and testify before
the Committee on Foreign Relations. I
would express the hope that action could
be taken on this resolution or on Its content.
as the committee may wish to consider
It, and any possible revision, aa
soon as possible.
I am aware of the importance of considerng
at that time the plight of prisoners
of war. I joined in another resolution
touching on the unfortunate
treatment of prisoners of war and the
lack of information regarding them or
the treatment of them.
I w.ould hope, therefore, that the Committee
on Foreign Relations would give
this resol:ution at least as rugh priority
as a.ny other matters pending be-fore
It so that the voice of the Senate may
be heard tn tts expression of Its desire for
the earlier possible conclusion of the
war, as well as the total concem of all
Members of COngress In the pllght of
the prisoners of war. ./
Mike Mansfield Papers, Series 21, Box 45, Folder 28, Mansfield Library, University of Montana
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