The event saw the attendance of Vietnamese guests, including Deputy Minister of National Defense Senior Lieutenant General Vo Minh Luong, Deputy Minister of Public Security Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Long, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Do Hung Viet and Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Nguyen Huy Tang.

Cambodian PM Hun Manet addresses the event. (Photo:

In his remarks, Cambodian PM Hun Manet stressed that the event was to remember and honor the immense contribution of generations of soldiers and people who bravely laid down their lives for the nation.

Expressing his gratitude for the support of Vietnamese volunteer soldiers and experts for Cambodia’s national liberation cause, he noted that Cambodian leaders and people assisted Vietnam in its struggle for national liberation and reunification, while their Vietnamese counterparts supported Cambodia in liberating the country from the Pol Pot genocidal regime and in its subsequent national development. This historical truth, he asserted, must be understood clearly by the people of both countries.

The Vietnamese delegation attends the event. (Photo:

On this occasion, PM Hun Manet thanked the Vietnamese Government and People's Army for their assistance in transforming former battlefields into historical sites, fostering peace, friendship, cooperation, and development along the two nations’ border areas.

At the event, the PM awarded orders to individuals who made significant contribution in the repatriation of 49 remains of martyrs of the Kampuchean United Front for National Salvation (KUFNS).

In an interview with the Vietnam News Agency, Vietnamese Ambassador to Cambodia Nguyen Huy Tang said that the 47th anniversary served as not only a reminder of the historic struggle against a brutal regime but also a vivid testament to the enduring friendship, solidarity, and relations between the Vietnamese and Cambodian people.

PM Hun Manet awards orders to individuals with significant contribution in the repatriation of 49 remains of martyrs of the Kampuchean United Front for National Salvation. (Photo: VNA)

To mark this year's anniversary, Cambodia began construction of a guesthouse worth 1.2 million USD and various auxiliary projects within the Techo Koh Thmar X16. Tang noted that these projects will help enhance the site’s significance, providing better conditions for educating traditions and history for people, particularly younger generations of Vietnam and Cambodia.

At the event to start the construction of a guesthouse (Photo: VNA)

On June 20, 1977, Hun Sen, then 25 years old, and his four comrades crossed Kampong Cham province (now Thbong Khmum) to enter Vietnam to establish a force to liberate Cambodia and its people. He founded the KUFNS the following year. Together with Vietnamese volunteer soldiers, the force completely defeated the genocidal regime on January 7, 1979, bringing back peace to Cambodia and its people.

Source: VNA