29 July 1965

The 16th Triennial Congress of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, 26-31 July, 1965 in The Hague, Holland:

The Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, concerned with the grave dangers to the peace of the world implicit in the escalation which as occurred in the Vietnam war, and deeply moved by the sufferings of the Vietnamese people, calls upon the parties and governments involved to bring to an end this unnecessary and brutal war.

As a first step toward eventual settlement, the League believes that the bombings of North Vietnam must stop.  This should be followed by an immediate cease-fire, and by declarations of all parties and governments of their willingness to accept as a basis for settlement of the present conflict, the principles of respect for the sovereignty, independence, unity and territorial integrity of Vietnam, he withdrawal of all foreign troops, and the right of the Vietnamese people to determine their own political, economic and social conditions, in accordance with their needs, potentialities and circumstance.  Acceptance of these principles should make possible the convening of a conference, of the type held in Geneva in 1954, at which the parties could agree upon a political settlement and upon appropriate international guarantees for its implementation.  Such a conference must include the South Vietnamese National Liberation Front as well as the North Vietnamese government in Hanoi and the South Vietnam government in Saigon.

The League, believing that the danger of global conflict arising from the Vietnamese situation is great, and that the hour for avoiding catastrophe is late, urges immediate acceptance of the above proposals for resolving the present crisis.