Saturday's (January 27) signing of the treaty to end the war in Vietnam was public announced in Hanoi, capital of North Vietnam, over loudspeakers in the streets.
Saturday's (January 27) signing of the treaty to end the war in Vietnam was public announced in Hanoi, capital of North Vietnam, over loudspeakers in the streets. The listening crowds appeared mostly silent and only a few smiles were to be seen. After the announcement about the signing in Paris, France, martial music was relayed over loudspeakers.
Earlier in the week on Tuesday (January 23), North Vietnamese leaders held a farewell reception with speeches, smiles and laughter, and toasts for Foreign Minister Nguyen Duy Trinh -- who was leaving for Paris to take part in the treaty signing. This film, received in London by satellite transmission from Tokyo, Japan, shows Tuesday's party and Saturday's announcement of peace in the streets of Hanoi.
But it South Vietnam itself, fighting appeared to be continuing in some areas on Sunday (January 28) AFTER the ceasefire was meant to have gone into effect at midnight, Saturday to Sunday. Reports said heavy fighting was taking place around the provincial capital of Tay Ninh, 65 miles (104 kms) north-west of Saigon, the South Vietnamese capital. A U.S. communist affairs expert said captured documents showed that the Viet Cong hoped to take the territory--which they would have the right to hold after the ceasefire -- to establish a seat close to Saigon for their Provisional Revolutionary Government. Fighting during Saturday had brought communist forces within three miles of Tay Ninh's centre, and the continuing battle after the ceasefire involved forces from both sides, including Sough Vietnamese air power.