The exhibition, themed “Paris Peace Talks – The Path to Peace”, forms part of an archival cooperation plan between Vietnam and the US. It also marks 45 years since the signing of the 1973 Paris Peace Accords, and 20 years since the normalisation of relations between the two countries on July 7, 1995.
With three parts, the event focuses on the Paris Peace Talks, the Paris Peace Conference, and the Paris Peace Accords, as well as their impacts on Vietnam’s struggle for independence, peace, and national reunification.
Dang Thanh Tung, Director of the Department of State Records Management and Archives Vietnam, said the exhibition gives historical researchers, diplomats, and the public an insight into the treaty events.
It also helps enhance cooperation between the department and the US’ National Archives and Records Administration, who were the co-organisers of the display.
David Ferriero, Director of the US’ department, said that among the documents his agency sent to the exhibition are President Richard Nixon’s announcement of his initial acceptance of the agreement to ending the war and restoring peace in Vietnam in January 1973, along with a number of faxed documents and photos.
On January 27, 1973, the Paris Peace Accords – an agreement to end the war and restore peace in Vietnam – were signed between the four governments of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, the National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam, the Republic of Vietnam, and the United States.
The agreement called to an end the longest and most difficult struggle in the history of Vietnam’s diplomacy, with 202 public meetings held over the war’s four years, eight months, and 14 days.
The exhibition will run until July 20.