The remains of 18 Vietnamese military volunteers who lost their lives in Cambodia during the war were repatriated to Vietnam in a ceremony held in Kiri Vong district, Takeo province, Cambodia on July 15.

The ceremony was attended by officials of Vietnam’s southern An Giang province and Takeo province.

The remains were found by the Remains Collection Team K93 under the An Giang Military Command during their excavations in five communes in Takeo province between March and July this year. Seven out of the 18 soldiers were identified.

It is estimated that the remains of approximately 4,000 Vietnamese soldiers are buried in Cambodia, Vice Chairman of the An Giang People’s Committee Ho Viet Hiep said, expressing his hope that Takeo province will continue to support Vietnam in its search and repatriation efforts.

He urged the Cambodian locality to inform residents on the agreement between Vietnam and Cambodia in this regard and encourage them to help with the search.

For his part, Vice Governor of Takeo province Uon Van Na pledged to facilitate the search and thanked An Giang authorities for providing rice, books and medical check-ups for disadvantaged families and building infrastructure throughout the locality.

On the occasion, An Giang province presented local students with 1,000 notebooks.-VNA