Laos, US carrying out further excavations of remains
Laos and the United States will continue to carry out a series of excavations to account for US service members remaining unaccounted-for from the Indochina War.
The information was revealed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the handover ceremony of remains of US soldiers, held at Savannakhet International Airport on February 16, in Savannakhet province.
The ceremony was attended by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Sengphet Houngbounyuang, US Ambassador to Laos Ms Rena Bitter, provincial authorities, officials from concerned line ministries and other invited guests.
The remains will be sent to the United States for a forensic analysis.
After final identification is complete, the remains will be returned to their family members.
This was the 2nd joint Lao-US team excavation for US members remaining from the Indochina War for 2016-2017 at Phanob village in Boualapha district, Khammuan province, which found some of the remains, the ministry said.
Laos and the United States have conducted 141 of these joint missions in Laos since 1985.
Since the beginning of these joint field activities, the two sides have recovered the remains of 273 US service personnel, and they continue to work together to recover the missing remains of an additional 300 Americans.
These missions have helped to build a high level of trust between the two countries.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update February 18, 2017)