751G.00/7–2154: Telegram

The United States Delegation to the Department of State


Secto 699. Armistice agreements Vietnam and Laos to be signed at 3:30 a.m. Geneva time.1

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US delegation releasing following statement at that time:

Statement by the United States representative

“The United States delegation is very pleased with the important progress that has been made tonight toward ending the bloodshed in Indochina. As soon as we have had an opportunity to examine the final texts of the agreements reached by the belligerents, the United States delegation will express its views with regard to them. Meanwhile, we share the fervent hopes of millions throughout the world that an important step has been taken toward a lasting peace in Southeast Asia, which will establish the right of the peoples of that area to determine their own future.”

  1. For the Armistice Agreements for Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, Indochina Documents IC/42 Rev. 2 of July 20, IC/51 Rev. 1 of July 20, and IC/52 of July 21, see pp. 1505, 1521, and 1531, respectively. The Indochina Documents indicate that the agreements for Vietnam and Laos were signed at 2400 hours (midnight), July 20, and that the agreement for Cambodia was signed on July 20 (no specific time given).