|The Geneva Agreement on the ceasefire in Viet Nam was signed following intense negotiations running through 75 days and nights with 31 meetings during the Geneva Conference in 1954. — VNA/VNS File Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— The Geneva Agreement on the ceasefire in Viet Nam was an important step forward in the country's struggle for liberation, and confirmed Vietnamese people's desire for peace, independence, sovereignty, unification and territorial integrity, said President Truong Tan Sang.
Sang was speaking at a ceremony held yesterday to mark the 60th anniversary of the Geneva Agreement (July 20, 1954-2014).
He said the signing of the agreement followed intense negotiations running through 75 days and nights with 31 meetings during the Geneva conference in 1954.
He described it as a great victory of the then Democratic Republic of Viet Nam.
"The Geneva Agreement was the first time that France and all countries in attendance at the Geneva Conference showed commitment to respect the independence, the unity and the territorial integration of Viet Nam", Sang said.
|A delegation led by Party Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong and State President Truong Tan Sang attends an exhibition to commemorate the Geneva Conference in Ha Noi yesterday. The Geneva Agreement on the ceasefire in Viet Nam was an important step forward in the country's struggle for liberation, and confirmed its people's desire for peace. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung
The agreement that officially marked the end of the First Indochina War was a victory for the revolutionary and foreign policy of the Communist Party of Viet Nam and President Ho Chi Minh.
The Geneva Conference began in Switzerland on April 26, 1954, one day after French troops surrendered in the Battle of Dien Bien Phu.
The Soviet Union, the United States, France, the United Kingdom and the People's Republic of China were participants throughout the Geneva Conference in 1954.
A ceasefire was eventually signed and France agreed to withdraw troops from Indochina, including Viet Nam.
The late Prime Minister Pham Van Dong, who led the delegation from the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam to the conference, was awarded the title of People's Armed Force Hero at the ceremony.
Former official of the 1954 delegation, Tran Viet Phuong, said in his speech that the award, People's Armed Force Hero, was deserved by all heroes and martyrs involved in the victory of Dien Bien Phu.
"The triumph in Dien Bien Phu paved the way for the victory of the 1954 Geneva Conference, turning a new page in Vietnamese history," said the former Secretary of the late Prime Minister Dong. — VNS