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Cambodia and US discuss MIA Programme

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Cambodian and US officials at the table discussing the MIA programme. Photo: Facebook/ Pol Saroeun

Cambodia and the US conferred about recovering the remains of US servicemen classified “missing in action” since the Vietnam War.  The meeting comes in the aftermath of Cambodia’s decision to resume the POW/MIA (prisoner of war/missing in action) programme.

The meeting on Thursday (Nov. 15) was between Senior Minister Pol Saroeun and the Deputy Director of the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Rear Admiral Jon C. Kreitz.

Minister Saroeun posted via Facebook that the resumption of the programme is based the spirit of compassion, mutual respect, and the desire to promote and deepen the bilateral relationship (US and Cambodia) in sectors of common interest.

Both sides discussed recovering known remains and seeking more information about possible locations in the provinces.

He added that Rear Adm. Kreitz expressed his gratitude to the premier for Cambodia resuming its cooperation in this humanitarian task.

In October the Prime Minister wrote Washington State Senator Doug Ericksen and Washington State Congressman Vincent Buys in response to their request that the POW/MIA programme (suspended in 2017) be reactivated.

 

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