Argentine forensic anthropologist concludes Vietnam visit

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An Argentine forensic anthropologist, co-founder and current president of the Argentine Forensic Anthropology Team (EAAF), has wrapped up his Vietnam visit as part of a project to help Vietnam improve its capacity in identifying MIA (soldiers missing in action) remains.

The Argentine Foreign Affairs Ministry said in a statement Tuesday that Luis Fondebrider visited a martyrs' cemetery in the central province of Quang Tri during his visit.

In Hanoi, he led the Argentine delegation to sign a memorandum of understanding on the co-operation between EAAF and Vietnam's National Institute of Forensic Medicine.

EAAF will continue to provide training to Vietnamese forensic professionals both in Vietnam and Argentina in the second half of this year and next year.

An estimated 450,000 Vietnamese soldiers killed in the Vietnam War are still unidentified, and they are buried in cemeteries throughout the country or in mass graves.

EAAF is an Argentine not-for-profit scientific non-governmental organization.

It was set up in 1986 at the initiative of various human rights organizations with the aim of developing forensic anthropology techniques to help locate and identify Argentinian citizens who had disappeared during the "Dirty War" period of the 19761983 military dictatorship.

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Since then, EAAF members have conducted field work in 30 other countries. In particular, it acquired worldwide renown by identifying the remains of Ernesto "Che" Guevara in Bolivia.

EAAF has provided technical assistance in MIA identification to Vietnam since 2010.

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