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Nearly 600 Vietnamese remains found last year

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More than 500 remains of Vietnamese soldiers were found in 2018 and repatriated home, according to report issued yesterday by the Defence Ministry.


Ministry spokesman General Chhum Sucheat said that in 2018, the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces cooperated with Vietnamese researchers to find the remains of their soldiers.

He added that as the result, 590 remains left in Cambodia between 1979 and 1989 were found.

He added that in the special military region around Phnom Penh, 52 remains were found. Region 1, covering the northeast section of the country, had 36 remains.

For the southeast covering Region 2, 207 remains were found. Region 3, which is in the southwest part of the country, had 135 remains. Military regions 4 and 5, covering the northwest section of the country, had 92 remains and 68 remains respectively.

Gen Sucheat also said the report noted that the Defence Ministry prevented and cracked down on 5,193 border crimes in 2018, including 2,497 crimes along the Cambodian-Thai border and 1,250 and 1,446 along the Vietnamese and Lao borders respectively.

He said that the border crimes were mostly related to illegal crossings and illegal logging.

“RCAF has enhanced national defence along all the borders, and regularly patrols to check and control the situation and responded,” he said.

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