The national steering board for search and repatriation of martyr remains, known as Steering Board 1237, is set to actively collect information in an attempt to locate more martyr remains as it is an important political mission and the responsibility of the entire Party, people and armed forces.

The board reached the consensus at a conference in Hanoi on November 4 where its members learnt more about Directive No. 24-CT/TW dated May 15, 2013 by the Politburo and Decision No. 1237/QD-TTg dated July 27, 2013 by the Prime Minister on approving the project to search and collect the remains of martyrs from now until 2020, and beyond.

Under the decision, Vietnam looks to find the remains of 10,000 fallen soldiers by 2015. In the next five years, the country will focus on cases when some information is available, hoping to locate the remains of about 60 percent of these cases.

In the past years, the board searched, handed over and reburied 1,412 remains found both at home and abroad, satisfying the expectations of their families.

Concluding the event, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan hailed relevant agencies for their close coordination with the board in the efforts.

He asked the Ministries of National Defence, Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs and Science and Technology to continue working more closely with the board and hold a televised conference on the issue in the near future.-VNA