|Participants at the founding anniversary ceremony. - VNA/VNS Photo|
HÀ NỘI — The Vietnamese Office for Seeking Missing Persons (VNOSMP) held a ceremony in Hà Nội yesterday to celebrate the 45th anniversary of its founding.
VNOSMP Director Lê Thanh Tùng said the office is an inter-sectoral group under the management of the Foreign Ministry, the Ministry of National Defence and the Ministry of Public Security.
Over the past 45 years, thousands of VNOSMP staff together with tens of thousands of personnel from local authorities and citizens nationwide have sought the remains of
Việt Nam’s goodwill and full cooperation has been welcomed by the US administration and Congress, the National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia and the US war veterans’ organisations, which also stepped up US efforts to address war consequences in Việt Nam, especially post-war bomb and mine clearance and dioxin clean-up in Đà Nẵng and Phù Cát airports, and Biên Hòa airport in the near future.
In particular, the US war veterans’ organisations provided information regarding more than 11,000 Vietnamese martyrs, thus helping Việt Nam recover over 1,000 remains, Tùng said.
Deputy Foreign Minister Hà Kim Ngọc said the VNOSMP would need to continue staying united and working closely with ministries, agencies and localities on the effort.
He suggested stepping up policy consultations with attention given to new
Deputy Defence Minister Nguyễn Chí Vịnh urged the VNOSMP to improve capacity and raise public awareness of the search.
Deputy Director of the General Department of Security under the Ministry of Public Security Đường Minh Hưng applauded the VNOSMP for handling contingencies during the process. — VNS