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Vietnam, Cambodia, honour victims of Khmer Rouge regime
Publication Date : 06-01-2014
Vietnamese and Cambodian leaders observed a minute of silence yesterday in memory of victims and those who laid down their lives to defend against the genocidal Pol Pot regime, which was overthrown 35 years ago on Jan 7, 1979.
The event, organised by the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee, was attended by State President Truong Tan Sang, VFF President Nguyen Thien Nhan and senior leaders of the party, state, ministries and other agencies, together with the Cambodian deputy prime minister, National Assembly chairman and president of the Cambodia-Vietnam Friendship Association.
Speaking at the meeting, Sang said that the triumph over the regime had closed the darkest chapter of Cambodia's history and opened up a new era of independence, freedom, peace, neutrality and development for the country.
Cambodian NA chairman Heng Samrin added that the people of Cambodia will always be grateful for the sacrifices made by Vietnamese soldiers in fighting against the regime.
He said that ever since the regime was overthrown in 1979, Vietnam and Cambodia have been consistent in their efforts to build bilateral relations.
The Khmer Rouge regime led by Pol Pot governed Cambodia from 1975 to 1979. In the three years, eight months and 20 days it was in power, the regime murdered nearly three million Cambodians and destroyed its social infrastructure.
It also promoted a distorted history of Vietnam and mobilised its military to launch invasions into the southwestern region of Vietnam, ravaging villages and brutally killing villagers.
Earlier on Saturday, Vietnam's National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said that Vietnam was steadfast in its commitment towards developing a stronger friendship with Cambodia.
To this, Heng Samrin had responded by saying that the Cambodian Parliament supported the implementation of border demarcation and marker planting between the two countries, in hopes that the markers will lead to the establishment of greater peace and friendship.