At the inauguration ceremony of the Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument (Photo: VNA)

Phnom Penh (VNA) – The Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship Monument was inaugurated in Sen Monorom city, Mondolkiri province of Cambodia on January 1 on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the victory against the Pol Pot genocidal regime (January 7, 1979-2019).

The monument features Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and their Cambodian peers firmly holding guns in protection of a Cambodian mother holding her child.

It is built in an area of 3,500 square metres, becoming a tourist site and a venue for cultural and historical education events of Mondulkiri province.

Addressing the event, Nhem Valy, Permanent Vice Chairman of the National Council of the Solidarity for the Development of Cambodian Motherland, and Mondulkiri Governor Svay Som Ieng stressed that Cambodian people always keep in their mind the assistance and help of the Vietnamese volunteer soldiers in overthrowing the Pol Pot genocidal regime which contributed to the revival and development of the nation and people of Cambodia.

Without the victory against the Pol Pot genocidal regime on January 7, 1979, Cambodia would not become what it is today, they stated.

Meanwhile, Vietnamese Military Attaché Nguyen Anh Dung highlighted the significance of the sound cooperation between the militaries and peoples of Vietnam and Cambodia. He thanked the Cambodian side and Mondulkiri province for supporting the construction of the monument.

Mondulkiri, bordering Vietnam’s Dak Lak and Dak Nong province, has coordinated closely with Vietnamese localities in building a shared border of peace, cooperation and development.

Over the past years, the province has worked with Vietnam to search and repatriate the remains of more than 650 Vietnamese martyrs who died in Cambodia during the wars.-VNA