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PRESIDENT GERALD R. FORD - TYPED LETTER SIGNED 01/05/1973 - HFSID 254768

GERALD R. FORD To Republican Seymour Halpern regarding peace in Vietnam and the Middle East two days after Halpern left Congress. Important Typed Letter Signed: "Jerry Ford" as House Minority Leader, 1½p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1973 January 5.

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GERALD R. FORD
To Republican Seymour Halpern regarding peace in Vietnam and the Middle East two days after Halpern left Congress.
Important Typed Letter Signed:
"Jerry Ford" as House Minority Leader, 1½p, 8x10½. Washington, D.C., 1973 January 5.To Seymour Halpern, Jamaica, New York. In full: "Thank you for your recent letter. You have indeed given me a difficult assignment--that of expressing some deep-rooted thoughts about prospects for peace in the world. Let me say at the outset that I do not despair about our hopes for peace despite continuing warfare in Vietnam and the possibility of a new outbreak of fighting in the Middle East. I firmly believe there will be a peace settlement in Vietnam even though present prospects do not breed optimism. And I believe there will be at least a continuing 'absence of war' in the Middle East, if not a peace agreement. I am also greatly heartened by recent developments with regard to our relations with the Soviet Union and the People's Republic of China. I think the steps taken toward normalization of relations with the People's Republic of China constituted a masterstroke of diplomacy. And I feel certain that this maneuver, made at the same time that we were negotiating a nuclear arms accord with the Soviet Union, contributed to our achieving a Salt Agreement. It doubtless will be more difficult to bring about a Salt Agreement No. 2 but there is reason to hope. Now we must also concentrate on bringing unity in Western Europe and achieving a true partnership between Western Europe and the United States. At the same time we can and should move toward a détente with the Warsaw Pact nation, beginning with at least a token mutual reduction of forces in Europe. Greater mutual reductions in forces could follow. Trade, I think, is a key to future peace. Removal of trade barriers between the Duropean (sic) Economic Community and the United States and extension of Most Favored Nation treatment to both the People's Republic of China and the Soviet Union will in time provide the cement with which to build international peace. Having delivered myself of these comments, I think I will rest on my laurels. Happy New Year to you and the best of everything." Seymour Halpern represented Queens in Congress from 1959-1973, one of the few Republicans elected from New York City. Just 22 days after Ford wrote this letter, the United States, North Vietnam, South Vietnam and the Viet Cong provisional government signed a cease-fire agreement in Paris on January 27, 1973. Nine months after this letter, on October 6, 1973, the fourth Arab-Israeli War (Yom Kippur War) broke out. Four days later, on October 10, 1973, Vice President Agnew resigned. Ford, selected by President Nixon, was sworn in as Vice President on December 6, 1973. Lightly creased, staple holes at upper left corner. Fine condition.

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