Laos extends support for MIA activities
Lao-American cooperation in locating the remains of American service personnel missing in Laos during the Indochina War has been underway in Khammuan province, with valuable contributions by all parties involved.
Exploration teams from Laos and the United States reported on their activities to Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Sengphet Houngbounngouang when he visited the province last week.
This was the third exercise under the Missing in Action (MIA) programme for 2016-2017, which is focusing on Long Ma in Bualapha district.
The deputy minister talked with field experts from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Defence and local authorities at the teams' camp in Laboimai village.
Mr Sengphet and delegations from the two ministries watched the exploration teams at work in various parts of the district.
The bilateral cooperation between Laos and the United States in this humanitarian work over the past 30 years has encountered various obstacles due to the difficult geographic location of the sites explored, many of which are mountainous, according to a press release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The teams' success is largely dependent on the weather, especially as they have to be transported to exploration sites by air due to the lack of road access.
The teams have completed 272 excavations out of the estimated 573 MIAs.
The Lao government and people have continued to assist in the Missing in Action mission and will continue in their efforts to find the remains of all the missing American service personnel so they can be returned to their families, the press release said.
This cooperation has been successful thanks to the Lao government, Lao officials at the central and local levels, and the participation of multiethnic people, according to the press release.
“This cooperation demonstrates the continuing policy of the Lao government towards Americans, especially the relatives of missing American soldiers,” the press release stated.
By Times Reporters
(Latest Update April 3, 2017)