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War victims return home

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A repatriation ceremony was held for the soldiers. Supplied

The remains of more than 1,000 Vietnamese soldiers who died in the kingdom during the war era and were found in Kampong Thom province have been returned home.
Brigadier General Som Sun, provincial military commander-in-chief, said a joint group of Cambodian and Vietnamese researchers worked together to find the correct locations to take the fallen Vietnamese soldiers.
Brig Gen Sun said: “From 2003 to 2017, the Cambodian military working with their Vietnamese counterparts found 1,036 sets of remains belonging to Vietnamese soldiers and repatriated them.”
He said the remains were found after information was provided by local people and veteran Vietnamese soldiers who were sent to Cambodia during the war era.
“Those remains were Vietnamese volunteer soldiers who were sent to the kingdom to fight with US troops during the Lon Nol regime in 1970s,” he said.
The other group was sent in 1979 to help the Cambodian people who suffered during the Pol Pot genocidal regime from 1975 to 1979,” Brig Gen Sun said.
On Wednesday, the Cambodian and Vietnamese special task committees held a ceremony to repatriate an additional 12 remains found in Kampong Thom province during the dry season.
Most of the remains repatriated in the past two years were found in Prey Veng, Kampong Speu, Tboung Khmum and Kampong Cham provinces.

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