More than 100,000 people took part in displays and celebrations in Hanoi on Tuesday (2 September) as North Vietnam celebrated its 30th anniversary of independence.
SV General Vo Nguyen Giap reviewing troops
GV Presidential party and other spectators watching parade (3 shots)
GV Troops marching past, army and navy (2 shots)
GV Crowds watch as rocket launches pass (3 shots)
GV Mig-21s fly over
SV Hanoi citizens waving flowers and carrying portrait of Ho Chi Minh
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Background: More than 100,000 people took part in displays and celebrations in Hanoi on Tuesday (2 September) as North Vietnam celebrated its 30th anniversary of independence.
Ba Dinh Square in the capital was filled with colourful military and civilian displays of strength and unity. The giant parade represented labour unions, youth groups and the armed forces. All were smiling as they marched past the newly-completed Ho Chi Minh mausoleum where influential Indochinese leaders were lined up on a rostrum.
Many of the leaders were meeting for the first time since communist victories in Indochina this year. They included Cambodia's titular head of state Prince Norodom Sihanouk, who has just come out of exile in Peking, Khmer Rouge leader Khieu Sampahan, Pathet Laos leader Prince Souphanouvong, Viet Cong Politburo member Phan Hung and President Huynh Tan Phat of the Provisional member Phan Hung and President Huynh Tan Phat of the Provisional Revolutionary Government (PRG) of South Vietnam. There were also top-level representatives from peking and Moscow.
North Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Dong addressed the assembly and referred to renewing relations with the U.S.
He said his country was ready to establish normal relations on the basis of the Paris agreement. This was a reference to the tripartite ceasefire agreement signed in Paris in January 1973, under which the United States pledged not to continue its military involvement or interfere in the internal affairs of South Vietnam.
The Prime Minister said all problems related to North and South Vietnam could be settled by close co-operation between the Hanoi Government and the PRG.
The Communist takeover in the South earlier this year completely defeated the U.S. "war of aggression", he said. This victory "opened the way for Vietnamese to build a peaceful, unified and independent country ... a Socialist Vietnam".