Vietnam, Cambodia celebrate victory over Pol Pot with new monument

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Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and his Cambodian counterpart Hun Sen on Monday attended the inauguration of a monument in southern Vietnam commemorating the victory over Pol Pot.

The monument is the center of a historical area in Dong Nai Province that saw the establishment of Delegation 125, which later became Khmer United Front for National Salvation, Vietnam News Agency reported.

During the ceremony, Dung said Vietnam and Cambodia have had a good relationship for a long time and were strongly united in the fights for the freedom and independence of each country.

The monument, which recalls Vietnam and Cambodia's cooperation during the war against the genocide regime, has been ranked a Vietnam's National Historical Heritage Site.

Dung said the victory on Jan. 7, 1979, over the regime of the infamous leader Pol Pot had significant meanings to the prosperity of Cambodia and to the relation between the two countries because it was achieved with Vietnam's support.

Dong Nai government has been guarding an area where 49 Cambodian soldiers were buried during the war.

Vietnam and Cambodia will mark 45 years of their diplomatic relation in June.

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