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Remains of Vietnamese soldiers lost during Indochina war repatriated

Tong Khao cemetery (PORTAL OF DIEN BIEN PROVINCE/Released)
July 30, 2023

The government has handed over the remains of 10 Vietnamese soldiers and military specialists who lost their lives during the Indochina War in Laos to the Vietnamese government.

The remains of the Vietnamese military personnel were located in northern Laos and handed over to Vietnamese authorities in Oudomxay province last week. The remains of four personnel were returned to their families for funeral rites in line with local customs and the wishes of their families, while the rest were buried at Tong Khao cemetery in Dien Bien Phu city.

The Deputy Governor of Oudomxay province, Mr Somchit Panyasack, said that since 1994 the remains of more than 1,800 Vietnamese soldiers and specialists had been unearthed in Laos, of which 1,792 had been returned to Vietnam. Of the most recent discovery, four sets of remains were found in Luang Prabang province, two in Phongsaly province, and four in Luang Namtha province.

Lao authorities will continue to look for the remains of more Vietnamese nationals who died while supporting Laos during the revolutionary movements, Mr Somchit said. The Lao and Vietnamese governments signed an agreement to search for the remains of Vietnamese military personnel during the dry season of 2022-2023, with the operation taking place in a spirit of friendship, equality, and mutual respect.

Lao and Vietnamese authorities also laid wreaths in tribute to Vietnamese nationals who lost their lives while supporting military campaigns in Laos.


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