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Vietnam diplomats facing anniversary fatigue

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Like many communist regimes Vietnam is partial to pomp and ceremony, but even its seasoned diplomats are wearying of the party mood as dozens of countries vie to celebrate their four-decade friendship with Hanoi. 

This picture taken on January 26, 2013 shows Frenchman Michel Strachinescu (R), who served four years as a chauffeur for Northern Vietnam's mission at the Paris Peace Agreement negociations in Paris, speaking during the meeting "Paris Accord and Vietnam's Friends" held in Hanoi as part of the 40th anniversary of the Paris Peace Agreement.

The Paris Accords, signed 40 years ago on Sunday, ended America's direct military involvement in Vietnam, heralding a warming of relations with the outside world that saw 21 countries open embassies in Hanoi within a year.

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