Vietnam to use DNA tests to identify remains of war martyrs

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has approved a project aimed at identifying the remains of approximately 13,000 Vietnamese war martyrs nationwide.

Under the project set to run through 2015, the remains of about 10,000 war martyrs are expected to be identified with DNA tests. The rest will be identified based on other information, including that which is supplied by relatives of the deceased.

The DNA information gathered will be stored and used to identify the remains of other war martyrs in the future, the government website reported.

Furthermore, the campaign will conduct a nationwide survey to update the government's data base regarding war martyrs and their living relatives.

By 2020, the government hopes to identify the remains of about 77,000 war martyrs.

The government will set up a national-level committee to be headed by a deputy prime minister charged with the task of identifying the remains of war martyrs.


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According to the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, remains of about 200,000 war martyrs in cemeteries nationwide have anonymous gravestones.

Meanwhile, the remains of another 200,000 have yet to be found.

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