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W. Harriman

Speaker: W. Averell Harriman
Date: June 16, 1969
During Kennedy?s administration, served as his chief diplomatic negotiator, helping to formulate the 1962 Laos Accords on neutrality and the 1963 test ban treaty with the Soviet Union. Late served as Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs (1963-1965). As Ambassador at Large (1965-1968), Harriman was charged principally with handling Southeast Asian affairs and traveled around the world seeking support for the U.S. effort in Vietnam. After Johnson?s decision to de-escalate in 1968, Harriman served as the Chief U.S. Representative to the Paris Peace Talks (1968-1969).