The Military Region 3 of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and six provinces in the region have pledged to continue supporting the search for and repatriation of remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers who died in Cambodia during wartime.

At a working session with a Vietnamese defence attaché delegation in Cambodia on July 18, leaders of the military region and the six provinces said that they will provide accurate information about the places where Vietnamese martyrs are buried and implement policies giving incentives to people who join the search operation.

Deputy Governor of Kampong Speu province Pen Sambo affirmed that the local administration always considers the search for and repatriation of Vietnamese soldiers’ remains as an important and essential task so as to express their gratitude to Vietnamese martyrs for their sacrifice for Cambodia’s national liberation.

On this occasion, Vietnamese Defence Attaché Colonel Nguyen Anh Dung presented 58,000 USD to representatives of the Military Region 3 and the six provinces, which will be spent on the search work.

From 2001 to now, in the six provinces of Kampong Speu, Takeo, Kampot, Kep, Preah Sihanouk and Koh Kong, search teams from Vietnam and Cambodia have found and repatriated a total of 3,224 sets of remains of Vietnamese soldiers.

By 2020, the two countries plan to bring home the remains of 4,500 Vietnamese soldiers.-VNA