HC Deb 09 November 1955 vol 545 cc193-4W
Mr. Harold Davies

asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs what approaches have been made by Her Majesty's Government to Mr. Dinh Diem to implement the talks with North Vietnam as laid down by the Geneva Armistice Agreement.

Lord John Hope

Her Majesty's Government have repeatedly impressed on the Government of Vietnam the desirability of entering into consultations with the Vietminh authorities as specified by the Final Declaration of the Geneva Conference of 1954. On 7th October, 1955, the Vietnamese Government officially notified Her Majesty's Government that they reaffirmed their acceptance of the principle of elections as a means of unifying Vietnam on condition that those elections were genuinely free and democratic.

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