Vietnam and Cambodia have agreed to keep 11 special task forces that
search for and repatriate the remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers
and specialists, who fell in Cambodia in the war, until the end of
the dry season in 2013.
The agreement was made at
the 11 th meeting of the special task force committees of the
Vietnamese and Cambodian governments in Phnom Penh , Cambodia , on
Both spoke highly of the close cooperation shown between the two committees since 2000.
Since 2001, the remains of 14,510 Vietnamese soldiers have been repatriated.
There are still more than 5,000 Vietnamese soldiers buried in
Cambodia , of which 1,699 sites of graves have been located.
The delegation from the Vietnamese Government’s Special Task Committee
was led by Deputy Defence Minister Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen
Thanh Cung while the Cambodian delegation was headed by General Pol
Saruon, Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.
At the meeting, the Vietnamese side invited a Cambodian Deputy Prime
Minister, the Cambodian Government’s Special Task Committee and
representatives from Cambodian localities to attend the State conference
on the issue, scheduled for October 2012 in Hanoi .
At a reception held for the delegation later the same day, Deputy
Prime Minister and Defence Minister Tea Bank stressed that Cambodia
considers searching for and repatriating the remains of Vietnamese
soldiers and specialists as an honourable task.
pledged to instruct the Cambodian Government’s Special Task Force
Committee and the relevant agencies to facilitate the search during the
2012-2013 dry season and in following years.-VNA