|Government representatives cut a ribbon to open the exhibition. — VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI – An exhibition featuring more than 200 documents, photos, and objects related to the Paris negotiations for the signing of the agreement on ending the war and restoring peace in Việt Nam are currently on display in Hà Nội. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords.
The exhibition, which opened on Thursday, is held by the National Archives Center III under the Ministry of Home Affairs' State Records and Archives Department.
The documents, images and artefacts on display are being preserved at the National Archives Centers II and III; the archives of the Foreign Ministry, the Vietnam National Museum of History, the national archives of the US and Russia, the liaison board of war veterans who once served in the Joint Military Group at Davis Camp, and some witnesses of the negotiation.
The Paris negotiations lasted for nearly five years, with bilateral talks from May 13 to October 31, 1968, and four-party talks from January 25, 1969, to January 1973.
After 201 open sessions, 45 high-level private talks, 24 secret meetings, 500 press conferences, 1,000 interviews and hundreds of get-togethers in support of Việt Nam, the Paris Agreement was signed on January 27, 1973 by the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam, the Republic of Vietnam, and the US.
The agreement ended the longest and most difficult struggle in Việt Nam's diplomacy.
In his remarks, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Nguyễn Duy Thắng stressed that the exhibition is of historical and cultural significance, saying it has given historians and diplomats and the public great insight into the Paris Conference, honoured the Party's leadership and promoted glorious traditions of the nation.
At the exhibition, historical witnesses who directedly contributed to the success of the Paris Conference shared their own stories. VNS