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Wednesday, 3 April 1968


Mr Hayden asked the Minister for External Affairs, upon notice:

Have either North or South Vietnam signed the Geneva Convention on the treatment of prisoners of war and on the conduct of hostilities?


Mr Freeth - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

On 14th November 1953, the State of Vietnam deposited ite Instrument of Accession, without reservations, to the four Geneva Conventions for the Protection of War Victims, including the Convention relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War. The Government of the Republic of Vietnam has publicly confirmed its willingness to observe the Conventions in full.

On 28th June 1957, North Vietnam filed a document of accession to the four Conventions, with reservations.







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