On January 17th, in Hanoi, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam held the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Accords on ending the war and restoring peace in Viet Nam (January 27th, 1973).
The event drew the attendance of standing member of the Viet Nam Communist Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Vo Van Thuong, Permanent Vice Chairman of the National Assembly Tran Thanh Man, and Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son.
Madam Nguyen Thi Binh, former Vice President of Viet Nam, former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Head of the Negotiation Delegation of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of the Republic of South Viet Nam at the Paris Peace Conference also joined the event.
Speaking at the ceremony, Vietnamese Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son emphasized “The Paris Accords signed half a century ago successfully ended the longest and most complicated negotiation in Viet Nam’s diplomatic history to end the longest war in the 20th century. The Agreement has strategic significance, creating a new situation for Vietnam’s forces to completely liberate the South, unify the Fatherland, and usher in an era of peace, independence, unification, development in Viet Nam.
Madam Nguyen Thi Binh assessed that the signing of the Paris Peace Accords was a victory for the Vietnamese people’s military, political and diplomatic resistance. At the same time, it was a victory of the world’s movement in support of the Vietnamese people.
The heroic and resilient struggle of the Vietnamese people, which received the biggest international support that the world has ever seen, has forced the U.S. government to negotiate and sign the Paris Peace Accords on ending the war and restoring peace in Viet Nam.
The nine-chapter, 23-article agreement was finally signed on January 27, 1973, after nearly five years of negotiations, with 201 public meetings, 45 high-level private meetings, 24 secret meetings, 500 press conferences, and 1,000 interviews, along with hundreds of demonstrations by international friends from all over the world against the war and in support of the Vietnamese people’s struggle for national independence./.
Sources: baochinhphu.vn, baoquocte.vn.