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1973 Vietnam ceasefire goes unenforced

The Story

After the Paris peace accord brings an official end to hostilities in Vietnam on Jan. 27, 1973, Canada has a role to play.  Along with colleagues from Indonesia, Poland and Hungary, seven Canadian observers are in the Vietnamese city of My Tho, making up an international commission charged with ensuring that fighting ceases between the Viet Cong and the Saigon regime. Yet, as CBC correspondent David Halton reports, the commission can't yet do much amid the firefights and skirmishes that continue to violate the ceasefire.    

Medium: Television
Broadcast Date: Feb. 2, 1973
Program: CBC News
Reporter: David Halton
Duration: 2:33

Did You know?

• The ceasefire agreement called for the removal of American troops within 60 days; all combat soldiers were out of Vietnam by March 29. All U.S. prisoners of war were to be released within the same time frame, and the last one went free on March 30, 1973.

• Despite the treaty,  fighting continued between the Viet Cong and government forces, breaking out into full war in 1975. North Vietnamese forces took control of the country in April 1975 after reaching Saigon and effecting the surrender of South Vietnamese president Duong Van Minh.




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