The forces of Military Zone 9 in the Mekong delta region provided free check-ups and medicines along with gifts worth over 876 million VND (41,000 USD) to 7,000 Cambodian people in 2013.

With assistance from the Royal Army, authorities and people of Cambodia, Military Zone 9’s staff searched and gathered 253 remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers who died in the country during the 2012-2013 dry season.

The results were reported at a conference of Military Zone 9 and the Royal Cambodian Army on January 24 to review their cooperation in 2013 and work out their future plans.

In the year, both sides conducted regular exchanges of information, allowing them to promptly and effectively settle arising border issues.

At the event, Vice Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Cambodian Army Gen. Meas Sophea laid stress on Military Zone 9’s contributions, saying these were significant to the building of the Cambodian army and the force’s capacity to protect peace and stability.

The Royal Cambodian Army is determined to boost all-around cooperation with Military Zone 9, maintaining their focus on national security to safeguard peace and stability and thwart all the plots and actions that may harm the time-honoured solidarity between the two countries, he said.

In the time ahead, the Vietnamese side will enhance joint border patrols to prevent cross-border criminals and help Cambodia promote socio-economic development and defence.-VNA