Remains of American MIAs from Laos
http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20060804/pl_afp/laosusmiaswar_060804141903
2006-08-05

The remains of several Americans killed in Laos during the Vietnam War have been handed over to US authorities. The remains were found in two different sites in the southern provinces of Savannakhet and Sekong. A plane crashed at one of the sites and several MIAs could be potentially identified from the remains. Since the two countries established a join committee to search for MIA remains in 1985, Laos has handed over 205 sets of MIA remains to the US.

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The remains of several Americans killed in Laos during the Vietnam War have been handed over to US authorities for repatriation and identification, the US embassy in Vientiane said.

The remains were found in two different sites in the southern provinces of Savannakhet and Sekong and were sent to the Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii for testing and potential identification, a US official told AFP.

A plane crashed at one of the sites and several MIAs could be potentially identified from the remains.

Laos Deputy Foreign Minister Phongsavath Boupha and US ambassador Patricia Haslach attended the handover ceremony Tuesday in the southern city of Savannakhet.

Since the two countries established a join committee to search for MIA remains in 1985, the Lao government has handed over 205 sets of MIA remains to the US government, according to the English-language daily Vientiane Time.

The paper said there were still 364 Americans missing in action from the war in Laos.

US military involvement in Laos from the early 1960s until 1973, dubbed the "Secret War", was a spill-over from the fighting in Vietnam. The United States and North Vietnam both violated an international agreement on the neutrality of Laos.

The Pathet Lao rebels, backed by North Vietnamese troops, took control of the landlocked country in 1975. The communist party has remained in power ever since.
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