US committed to maintaining good relations

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The US hopes to resume cooperation on finding missing American soldiers. KT/Mai Vireak

The United States is committed to maintaining bilateral relations with Cambodia in order to resolve some outstanding issues.

Foreign Affairs Minister Prak Sokhonn met with US Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen, chairman of the US House Appropriations Committee, at the ministry yesterday where they mainly discussed relations between the two countries.

After the meeting, ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said US delegates wanted to keep lines of communication open, especially on issues concerning American soldiers missing in action during the Vietnam War and the repatriation of Cambodians from the US.

Mr Frelinghuysen told the minister the US wanted to continue cooperation in resuming searches for the remains of US soldiers who went missing in Cambodia, according to Mr Sounry.

“The delegate requested to resume MIA cooperation,” he said. “He clearly showed a commitment to maintaining communication between the two nations.”

In September, the Cambodian government suspended cooperation on recovering the remains of US service personnel missing since the Vietnam War.

According to the spokesman, Mr Sokhonn said Cambodia had provided full cooperation on MIAs and it was regrettable the government made the decision to call off the programme.

“It was in response to the decision to restrict visas which was unreasonable while the Cambodian government had been providing full cooperation with the US,” Mr Sounry said.

“Cambodia will immediately resume MIA cooperation when the United States lifts visa restrictions on Foreign Affairs Ministry officials.”

Ninety US soldiers went missing in Cambodia and the remains of 42 have been found since cooperation began in 1992.

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