Vietnam plans to search for and bring home by 2015 the remains of 1,000 soldiers who fell in Laos and 3,000 who died in Cambodia.
A plan by the Ministry of National Defense then envisages bringing back the remains of the remaining 2,000 martyrs from Cambodia.
Vietnam has been searching for the remains in Laos since 1994 and in Cambodia since 2001, and has so far retrieved 30,538 of them.
The ministry said there is little information about the specific locations of the remaining bodies, which are scattered over remote, mountainous areas in harsh conditions.
Vietnam started sending troops to Cambodia in January 1979 to fight the genocidal Pol Pot regime.
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