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US soldiers’ remains still a priority: Heng Samrin

National Assembly president Heng Samrin told a visiting delegation yesterday that the government would continue to support efforts to find missing remains of US soldiers who died on Cambodian soil during its war with Vietnam, according to a senior official.

Speaking to reporters after Samrin met with Ann Mills Griffith, head of the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia, Keo Piseth, Samrin’s cabinet director, quoted him as saying that he “expressed support for the humanitarian activities of the board, which [provides encouragement] to the families of the Americans who died in the war in Southeast Asia and across the globe”.

More than 1,600 American service members from the war have not been accounted for.

“Soldiers, veteran Americans who disappeared in Cambodia, total 90 people; until now, we have just discovered the remains of 37 people,” Piseth said.

According to Piseth, Mills Griffith thanked the Cambodian government for its cooperation in its quest to locate missing remains.

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