By James Cable
The Geneva Agreements of 1954 have been extensively welcomed. They ended a seven-year conflict in Indochina; gave France a dignified go out; avoided wider clash. In later years first americans and Vietnamese, then Russians, chinese language, Cambodians or even Laotians attempted to strength Indochina into varied styles in their personal devising. those new wars prompted via rejection of the Geneva compromise lasted longer, killed extra humans, did better harm and completed much less - for everyone. maybe Churchill used to be correct: jaw-jaw is best than war-war. definitely this vigorous, first-hand, up-dated account of the Geneva convention of 1954 - that triumph of outdated international relations, which Britain initiated and France accomplished - deals a greater version for the twenty-first century to follow.
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Outburst by Eisenhower and Winston, former left the conference table in a rage, came back, having changed for dinner, sat another 4 hours'. Curiously enough, in view of later events, the easiest relationship in this indecorous conference was that between Eden and Dulles. 41 Both, but particularly Eden, had to work very hard indeed to get an agreed communique on the last night, even invading the sick-room of poor, fever-tossed Laniel in their efforts. Although unanimity on any subject scarcely existed, the issue that most excited these angry old men was French reluctance to ratify the European Defence Community.
The half-truth in that argument, popular in military circles then and later, needs to be qualified by the reports reaching the Foreign Office from Saigon. The Military Attache (there were two of them, Brigadier T. H. Spear and Major A. G. Graham, but the former admitted that their extensive travels made it difficult to assign individual responsibility for their reporting) was seldom optimistic. A significant report on 3 November described the arrival of the smart French battalion hitherto employed in Korea: 'the first time I have seen a battalion of white or nearly white troops since I arrived here - in fact it is the only one in Indochina'.
H. Spear and Major A. G. Graham, but the former admitted that their extensive travels made it difficult to assign individual responsibility for their reporting) was seldom optimistic. A significant report on 3 November described the arrival of the smart French battalion hitherto employed in Korea: 'the first time I have seen a battalion of white or nearly white troops since I arrived here - in fact it is the only one in Indochina'. 13 What he did not report was the arrival of any other battalions.
The Geneva Conference of 1954 on Indochina by James Cable