By Richard F. Newcomb
A Pictorial historical past of the Vietnam warfare.
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France was to remove all its troops within one year, and the Vietnamese could migrate freely, north or south, until October 11, 1954. There were other provisions (for example, the United States could not increase the number of Americans in Vietnam above the current total of 342), but it really did not matter. None of the Geneva Accords was obeyed. Elections were never held and the partition ended only after years of bloody warfare and the expulsion of all Americans from Vietnam reunification of in 1975.
The main purpose was to assure friends there Chiang Kai-shek in Taiwan, Diem in South Vietnam, and Thanarat Sarit in Thailand of the Kennedy administration's interest — — in that part of the world. " This did not mean the sending of combat troops; that was never Kennedy's policy. His policy was clear and firm: Whatever had to be done in South Vietnam would be done by Vietnamese troops. The United States would provide arms and training, implemented mainly by the Army Special Forces, the Green Berets.
The Soviet Union made coarse remarks about China and sought ways to foil the Chinese. The French, beleaguered with home problems and in serious troubles in Algeria, wanted nothing more than to give the whole package to Ho and forget Indochina. The United States went to the meeting in a sullen mood (Secretary of State John Foster Dulles refused to shake hands with Chou En-lai, and reportedly said the only way they'd ever meet was if their cars collided), withdrew early, and refused to none of the parties signed, each instead submitting a document saying it would live up to the agreement, more or less.