August 31, 1955 : Dulles supports Diem’s decision not to hold national election

Introduction

Secretary of State John Foster Dulles supports South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem’s position regarding his refusal to hold “national and general elections” to reunify the two Vietnam states. Although these elections were called for by the Geneva Accords of July 1954, Diem and his supporters in the United States realized that if the elections were held, Ho Chi Minh and the more populous north would probably win, thereby reuniting Vietnam under the Communist banner. Accordingly, he refused to hold the elections and the separation of North and South soon became permanent.

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August 31, 1955 : Dulles supports Diem’s decision not to hold national election

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    2009

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    August 31, 1955 : Dulles supports Diem’s decision not to hold national election

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    October 23, 2017

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