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Nation thankful, Party chief tells ex-POWs

Update: December, 11/2014 - 08:10
Party General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong presents sourvenirs to veterans imprisoned during the American War at a meeting held in Ha Noi yesterday. The event was held to express gratitude to tens of thousands of revolutionary prisoners, he said. — VNA/VNS Photo Tri Dung

HA NOI (VNS) — More than 300 Party members who were imprisoned by the enemy during the American War were feted at a meeting in Ha Noi yesterday.

Addressing the meeting organised by the Party Central Committee Secretariat, General Secretary Nguyen Phu Trong said the event was an opportunity for the Party and State to express profound gratitude to tens of thousands of revolutionary prisoners who made important contributions to the country's reunification.

Even in prison, the fighting spirit of the communists remained strong and inspired others, Trong, adding that the experiences and lessons gained in Party building and combat leadership from the revolutionary prisoners should be promoted and applied during peacetime.

He emphasised that Party strengthening and economic development continue to be core tasks for the country.

During the American War, the US-backed puppet regime established over 300 prisons across Viet Nam, detaining more than 700,000 political prisoners, including communists, revolutionary soldiers and other patriots.

On the same day, President Truong Tan Sang also met with a delegation from Regiment 95 that were sent to Laos after the Geneva Agreements were signed in 1954 to provide military training, build roads and train human resources.

At the meeting, war veterans said they hoped the State and Party would continue their social policies and help the regiment to find the bodies of missing martyrs.

The President has asked the Party's Central Committee Office, the Ministry of National Defence and relevant authorities to work together to address the veterans' requests, especially repatriating the bodies of Vietnamese war veterans. — VNS

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