Vietnam and Cambodia promote cooperation in search for martyrs’ remains

PANO – The Vietnamese and Cambodian Governments’ Special Missions have agreed to enhance their cooperation in finding and repatriating around 700 sets of remains of Vietnamese martyrs who died while serving international obligations in Cambodia, to the homeland in 2013-14 dry season.


The agreement was mutually reached at their 12th conference on June 20th in the Cambodian capital Phnom Penh.

At the conference, heads of missions, Senior Lieutenant-General Nguyen Thanh Cung, Vietnamese Deputy Defence Minister and General Pol Saruon, Commander-in-chief of the Royal Cambodian Army, highly appreciated achievements made in the 2012-13 dry season, with the repatriation of the remains of 528 martyrs. Among them 20 have been identified.

On behalf of the Vietnamese Government, General Cung thanked the Cambodian Government, State, Special Mission, local authorities and people for creating favourable conditions for Vietnamese search teams to complete their important mission.

During the conference, the two sides agreed that the Vietnamese side would maintain 11 teams for search and repatriation work, and that both sides would encourage people to provide more martyr-related information and coordinate with locals between authorities and search forces.

Also at the conference, General Cung presented Friendship Orders and Certificates of Merit of the Vietnamese State President, Prime Minister and Defence Ministry to 118 Cambodian collectives and 506 individuals with outstanding achievements in coordinating, searching and repatriating the remains of Vietnamese martyrs.

Translated by Mai Huong