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PM Asks Minister of Defense to Repatriate Veterans’ Remains from Vietnam to Cambodia

TBONG KHMUM: Prime Minister Hun Sen has ordered the Minister of National Defense, DPM Tea Banh, to repatriate the remains of 49 veterans in Vietnam back to Cambodia.

Speaking at the 45th Commemoration Day of the Historic Journey Leading to the Overthrow of the Pol Pot Genocidal Regime, on Monday morning, 20 June, Prime Minister Hun Sen stated that some of the families of soldiers who sacrificed their lives in Vietnam have still not yet been found, hence their remains have been kept within Vietnamese territory. He said that these soldiers' remains should now be repatriated to Cambodia and kept at the historical site, as Vietnam is also in the process of repatriating the remains of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers back to Vietnam as well.

"This is the time that we should repatriate the remains of the Kampuchean United Front for National Salvation, the Armed Forces to our country, and I would like to propose for their remains to be placed in this historical area, since we could not find their families," said Prime Minister Hun Sen. "We are in this historic area, and every 20 June, we can come and pay our respects here. It is time for repatriation."

Kampuchean United Front for National Salvation was a leading organization of the Cambodian People's Party (CPP), founded by Comrade Heng Samrin, Comrade Chea Sim, Comrade Hun Sen and many other patriotic dignitaries, who united as a national force, with the support of close friends around the world, to overthrow the Democratic Kampuchea regime and achieve victory on 7 January 1979.

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