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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
Taken Question of January 11, 1994

1. VIETNAM Q: Can you give an update on the return of remains by Vietnam?

A: SIXTY-SEVEN SETS OF REMAINS WERE RETURNED FROM VIETNAM IN 1993, MORE THAN TWICE AS MANY AS IN 1992. LAST YEAR WAS THE THIRD MOST PRODUCTIVE YEAR FOR REMAINS REPATRIATION SINCE THE END OF THE WAR.

--ACCORDING TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, A TOTAL OF 281 REMAINS RETURNED FROM VIETNAM HAVE BEEN FORENSICALLY IDENTIFIED AS INDIVIDUAL AMERICANS UNACCOUNTED FOR FROM THE VIETNAM WAR. EFFORTS TO IDENTIFY HUNDREDS OF ADDITIONAL REMAINS RETURNED FROM VIETNAM ARE ONGOING.

--FURTHER QUESTIONS SHOULD BE ADDRESSED TO THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. (###)

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