The announcement that the United States and North Vietnam had agreed on a peace in Vietnam was made in Washington by United States President Richard Nixon in a radio and television broadcast on Tuesday night (23 January).
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"I have asked for this radio and television time tonight for the purpose of announcing that we today, have concluded an agreement to end the war and bring peace with honour in Vietnam and in South-East Asia."
"The following statement is being issued at this moment in Washington and Hanoi:
"At 12.30 p.m. Paris time today, January 23, 1973, the agreement on ending the war and restoring peace in Vietnam was initialled by Dr. Henry Kissinger on behalf of the United States and special adviser Le Duc Tho on behalf of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
"The agreement will be formally signed by the parties participating in the Paris peace conference on Vietnam on January 27, 1973, at the international conference centre in Paris. The ceasefire will take effect at 2400 GMT January 27, 1973.
"The United States and the Democratic Republic of Vietnam express the hope that this agreement will ensure stable peace in Vietnam and contribute to the preservation of lasting peace in Indochina and Southeast Asia.
"This concludes the formal statement."
"Within 60 days from this Saturday, all Americans held prisoners of war throughout Indo-China will be released. There will be the fullest possible accounting for all of those who are missing in action.
"During the same 60-day period, all American forces will be withdrawn from South Vietnam.
"The people of South Vietnam have been guaranteed the right to determine their own future, without outside interference."
"We must recognise that ending the war is only the first step toward building the peace. All parties must now see to it that this is a peace that heals, and a peace that not only ends the war in Southeast Asia but contributes to the prospects of peace in the whole world."
"....peace in the whole world."
Here follows a transcript of filmed extracts of President Nixon's announcement.
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Background: The announcement that the United States and North Vietnam had agreed on a peace in Vietnam was made in Washington by United States President Richard Nixon in a radio and television broadcast on Tuesday night (23 January).
SYNOPSIS: In Washington on Tuesday, United States President Richard Nixon announced the signing of a Vietnam ceasefire agreed.