Meeting highlights Vietnam’s support in ending Khmer Rouge hinh anh 1A corner of Kongpong Ch’nang town, Kongpong Ch’nang province, Cambodia (Source:

Soc Trang (VNA)
- A get-together for Vietnamese experts, officers and soldiers who voluntarily performed international duties in Cambodia from 1979-1989 was held in the Mekong Delta province of Soc Trang on January 5.

During the event, participants looked back on support given by the armed forces of Can Tho city, Soc Trang and Hau Giang provinces to Cambodia in fighting the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime, restoring production and building armed forces.

They also reviewed the traditional friendship between the two countries in general, and the relations between the Vietnamese localities and Kep and Kongpong Ch’nang provinces of Cambodia in particular.

In his speech, Ken Soth Tha, Governor of Kep province expressed his deep gratitude to the Vietnamese Party, Government and people for their enormous assistance in the struggle against the Khmer Rouge and other fields.

He hoped the two countries will continue promoting cooperation, towards deepening their friendship and solidarity.

Established in 1979, Mission 9902 included armed forces of Hau Giang province (now is Can Tho city, and Soc Trang and Hau Giang provinces). Responding to the call of the Kampuchean United Front for National Salvation, Vietnamese voluntary experts, officers and soldiers came to Cambodia to help the country defeat the Khmer Rouge.

They also helped Cambodia build armed forces, train officers, expand agricultural production, and develop education and health care infrastructure.

The Mission was awarded the first-class Military Order of Feat of Arms by the Vietnamese State and the Angkor Order, first class, by the Cambodian State.-VNA