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VN, Cambodia enhance cooperation in repatriation of soldiers’ remains

The Vietnamese and Cambodian Governments on October 15 agreed to work closely to improve the cooperation efficiency in the search and repatriation of remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts who laid down their lives during war time in Cambodia.

The information was heard at the 18th session of the Governmental Specialised Committees of Vietnam and Cambodia in Ho Chi Minh City.

Vietnamese Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Le Chiem, who is also Chairman of the Vietnamese Governmental Specialised Committee, co-chaired the event with Senior Advisor of the Cambodian Government Seang Lapresse, who is also Vice Chairman of the Cambodian Governmental Specialised Committee.

At the event, Chiem thanked and spoke highly of the Cambodian Government, committee and people for supporting the Vietnamese sides in the search and repatriation of martyrs’ remains.

He expressed his belief that with firm determination from both nations, the work will reap positive results in the coming time, contributing to deepening the neighbourliness, traditional friendship, as well as comprehensive and long-lasting cooperation between the two states and peoples.

Both sides agreed to enhance the communication work and mobilise people from all walks of life to provide information related to Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts who sacrificed their lives in Cambodia.

Meanwhile, speicalised committees at provinces, military zones and local authorities of both nations will exchange information and experience as well as direct the search and repatriation work regularly.

They also reached consensus on coordination to make a documentary film and compile a book about their cooperation in Vietnamese and Khmer.

On the occasion, the Vietnamese committee presented 523,000 USD to the Cambodian committee, six military zones of the Cambodian Royal Army, and specialised committees of 25 provinces and cities to support search and repatriation activities.