Vietnam to emphasize its legacy at youth festival against imperialism

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Nguyen Dac Vinh, First Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, will lead the Vietnamese delegation to the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students in Ecuador from December 7 to 12. Photo courtesy of Tuoi Tre

Vietnam will advocate peace and development at an international youth festival that opened Saturday in Ecuador with stories of its revival after wars and efforts to deal with their legacy like dioxin, the country's chief delegate has said.

"International friends will see us always fighting for peace, that we have established peace, and will contribute to world peace," Nguyen Dac Vinh, First Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, was quoted as saying by Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper before leaving for 18th World Festival of Youth and Students.

Vinh said as one of the few countries practicing socialism, Vietnam's would be a crucial presence at the festival, providing a boost to youth movements around the world.

The festival this year is titled "Youth Unite against Imperialism for World Peace, Solidarity and Social Transformation," and Vietnam has always been a symbol against imperialism, after its victories over colonial France and America, he said.

The 85 Vietnamese delegates will share stories and images of victims of Agent Orange, a herbicide sprayed indiscriminately by American soldiers during the Vietnam War, which is considered one of the worst war legacies in world history.

They will introduce their country and people through exhibitions and speeches, a forum about the role of young Vietnamese in constructing, reforming, and protecting the country, and sharing its experiences in its ongoing quest for strength and democracy.

"Each delegate will be an ambassador," Vinh said.

Vietnam's history of wars and recovery would bring the biggest human values to the festival: "peace, stability, and cooperation for development," he said.

The festival will wrap up December 12 by the World Federation of Democratic Youth and will be attended by more than 10,000 delegates from more than 100 countries.

It was first held in 1947 in Prague, and Vietnam has been a regular participant since the second edition in 1949.

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