The Vietnamese Office for Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP) has commemorated 16 victims, including nine Vietnamese and seven Americans, of a helicopter accident that happened 20 years ago during activities of searching for US soldiers missing in action in Vietnam.
Addressing the event in Quang Binh province on Wednesday, Le Chi Dung, head of the Department of American Affairs under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Director of VNOSMP said that the Vietnamese martyrs’ sacrifice showed the traditional tolerance and humanity of the Vietnamese people. It contributed to the development of the friendship between the two nations as well as bilateral partnership in surmounting bomb and mine consequences left from war in Vietnam, he said.
US Defense Attaché in Vietnam Thomas Stevenson showed his respect for Vietnamese martyrs and US soldiers who died in the accident, and extended his sympathy to families of the victims. He commented that cooperation in MIA searching between Vietnam and the US have been implemented in a safe and effective manner, with new progresses. He thanked the Vietnamese Government and people for their good will and humanitarian policy in seeking American MIAs.