May 19, 2010

Party leader urges nation to follow Uncle Ho's example, Vietnam News, May, 19 2010

HA NOI — Nong Duc Manh, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam, has called on the entire Party, army and people to live, fight, work and study to follow President Ho Chi Minh moral examples.

Speaking at a meeting here yesterday to mark the late President's 120th birthday today, Manh reviewed the "great and important contributions" by President Ho to the national liberation, the socialist revolution and the struggle for peace, independence, democracy and social progress in Viet Nam and the world.

He said President Ho's patriotism and humanism had prompted him to win back independence for the homeland and freedom for his countrymen.

He said Uncle Ho also gained experience from working, studying and researching political theory abroad, particularly on the revolutionary struggles waged by various countries.

"President Ho Chi Minh saw the imperative to liberate the nation and people from foreign domination for Viet Nam and people being oppressed throughout the world," said Manh.

President Ho came to the conclusion that to save the homeland and liberate the nation, there was no other way but to follow the proletariat revolution.

President Ho had made the revolution of national liberation part and parcel of the proletariat revolution throughout the world.

He said the struggle for national liberation and people's democracy led by the Communist Party, "the vanguard of the working class", was aimed at overthrowing the imperialists to return the land to those who tilled it.

After achieving those objectives, he said Viet Nam would embark on the path of building socialism and communism in the country.

Manh said that under the leadership of President Ho, Viet Nam held the banner of national independence and socialism high. He combined patriotism, internationalism of the working class and strength of the nation to liberate the homeland.

By finding the right path to national salvation, President Ho had helped solve some of the key issues affecting the Vietnamese revolution.

These were the combination of Marxism-Leninism with the workers' and patriotic movements in building the Communist Party of Viet Nam; the formation of the revolutionary forces with the Front for National Unity; the building of the people's armed forces; the building of the first State of the people, for the people and by the people of Viet Nam; defining the right methodology for the Vietnamese revolution in the context of complicated developments throughout the world.

Manh said the close combination of the revolution for national independence with socialism created an integrated strength, which was a key factor ensuring the success of the Vietnamese revolution.

He called on the Party, people and army to continue to study and creatively apply President Ho Chi Minh's Thought in the nation's renewal process.

He said to mark the 120th birth anniversary of President Ho, the entire Party and people pledged to follow the objectives of national independence and socialism.

"We're determined to carry out successfully the two strategic tasks of national construction and defence. We will try to be self-reliant in economics, protect cultural identities of the nation, safeguard our territorial integrity and sovereignty while actively integrating internationally.

"We will continue to pursue a foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace, co-operation and development, diversification and multi-lateralisation. At the same time, we'll try to win support for peace movements, national independence, democracy and social progress while strengthening co-operation with people from other nations.

"We want to create a world of equality and justice. Our general objective is that at the end of the transitional period toward socialism, we'll be able to build a basic economic foundation of socialism with a superstructure of politics, ideology and culture.

"As a result, Viet Nam will become an ever prosperous socialist country. By the middle of the 21st century, Viet Nam must become an industrialised nation along socialist line."

The Party leader reiterated that President Ho Chi Minh's Thought was an invaluable heritage for the Party and the Vietnamese nation.

He said that thoroughly understanding his thought, members of the Communist Party of Viet Nam were determined to carry out his teaching and turn it into a reality.

"The most important tasks for the Party now are to implement the objectives and tasks of the 10th National Party Congress in 2006, to continue to study Ho Chi Minh's Thought, to review the past 20 years since the implementation of the 1991 Political Platform - and to contribute opinions to draft documents to be presented at the 11th National Party Congress early next year."

Speaking at the ceremony, Katherine Muller-Marin, UNESCO representative in Viet Nam, recalled that "in 1987 the UNESCO General Conference adopted a resolution that recommended member states join in the commemoration of the birth of President Ho Chi Minh, a Vietnamese hero and a great man of culture, in order to spread the knowledge of the greatness of his ideals and of his work for national liberation".

She continued: "Today many people around the world celebrate his birthday because he is considered an outstanding symbol of national affirmation who devoted his entire life to freeing Viet Nam and the Vietnamese people, thereby contributing to the common struggle of all people for peace, national independence, democracy and social progress."

Ms Muller-Marin added that "Ho Chi Minh made great contributions in the fields of culture, education and the arts and made his interest in the aspirations of people clear as they strived to affirm their cultural identity and promote mutual understanding."

The ceremony to mark President Ho's 120th birth anniversary was jointly organised by the Party Central Committee, the National Assembly, the President, the Government, the Central Committee of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front and the Ha Noi People's Committee.

Among dignitaries attending the event were Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong, Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan, President of the Viet Nam Fatherland Front Central Committee Huynh Dam and many other senior party and government officials.

Beautiful city

HCM City's leaders and 100 members of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union yesterday launched a campaign to make the city more beautiful by planting trees along the East–West Highway in District 2.

City leaders, volunteers and members of the East – West Highway project's management board took part in planting 250 rare trees on a 1.5-km stretch of road extending from Kenh No1 Bridge to Ca Tre Bridge.

The tree-planting activity, which was launched to celebrate late President Ho Chi Minh's birthday, will continue until June 20.

At least 1,800 rare trees, including phoenix, crepe myrtle, ironwood and camphor, will be planted along the highway.

The activity is part of the Youth Union's project to plant 500,000 trees until March 26 next year.

Le Hoang Quan, chairman of HCM City People's Committee, said when Uncle Ho was alive he took a special interest in nature and hoped the country would be more beautiful.

In a letter published in Nhan Dan (People) newspaper on November 28, 1959, the late President asked the public to participate in a Tree Planting Festival.

Quan said the trees planted along the highway, which travels through six districts, would beautify the city. He encouraged district agencies to take good care of the trees in their areas.

The mayor said that eventually other streets in the city would also be planted with trees.

The 22-km highway runs through districts 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, Binh Tan and Binh Chanh, linking the eastern and western parts of HCM City. — VNS

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