Looking back at the signing of Paris Peace Agreement

On May 13, 1968, the negotiation between the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV) started; and nearly 6 months later, the two sides reached agreement that US should end its military operations in Vietnam from October 31, 1968, and that the two sides would resume a meeting in Paris with the participation of 4 parties, namely the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam or National Liberation Front (NLF), the US Government and US-backed Saigon Government to discuss issues on ending the war and restoring peace in Vietnam. On January 25, 1969, the first session of the Paris Talks started, opening the period “Fighting While Negotiating” or “Force and Diplomacy.” The Paris Talks became the longest negotiation process on ending a war in the 20th century. In fact, the war took place in a country but it contained the focal contemporary conflict and contradiction between the movements of national liberation and socialism, and imperialism and international reactionary forces or peace and war. The talks represented two forces in the battlefield: the invading force with preeminent economic, military power but weaknesses in politics and spirit, and the revolutionary national liberation force weak in economic, military power but very powerful in terms of politics, spirit and justice. Nguyen Thi Binh, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam signed the 1973 Peace Accords This was also a struggle between two diplomatic schools: the professional diplomacy of a superpower and the young revolutionary State’s diplomacy…. [Read full story]

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