A greater role in central government for Vietnamese sociopolitical groups is urged as a means of creating a balanced coalition of military and civilian leaders in the South. Still-active groups from Cochinchina days to the present are profiled, along with successful past models of accommodation. Today, many of these groups represent strong local or national interests that cannot be ignored. Accommodation could proceed in a way that would also remove a bottleneck to North-South negotiations by providing a compromise between the interim coalition government proposed by the NLF, which the GVN flatly rejects, and the current Thieu-Ky regime, which the NLF finds unacceptable. However, warns the author, any new arrangement will have to represent a real sharing of power — not mere tokenism.
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