Without the great sacrifice by Vietnamese soldiers, the Cambodian nation would not have had an opportunity to win over the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime, said a Cambodian leader.
Chairman of the Cambodian National Assembly Samdech Heng Samrin made the statement while delivering a speech at a meeting held in Hanoi on January 5 to mark the 35th anniversary of Vietnam’s victory in the southwest border defense war and the joint victory of Vietnam and Cambodia over the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime.
The meeting helped recall the days when Vietnamese volunteer soldiers exercised their lofty mission in helping Cambodian people escape from the brutal genocidal regime and gain victory on January 7, 1979, Chairman Heng Samrin said.
Speaking at the meeting, President Truong Tan Sang stated that the historical triumph was a joint victory and joy of people in both countries, firmly preserving independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of both countries.
The victory closed the darkest chapter of the Cambodian history, saved the Cambodian people from the genocidal disaster and opened up a new era of independence, freedom, peace, neutrality and development for Cambodia, President Sang said.
Meanwhile, Chairman Heng Samrin said that Cambodian people celebrate the victory every year to reminisce about bitter memories with an eternal gratitude for the people who have saved the country and its people from the genocidal disaster.
During the brutal rule of the Khmer Rouge genocidal regime from 1975-1979, nearly three million Cambodian civilians were killed, he added.
Since the victory in 1979, Cambodia has seen various changes in many fields and Vietnam and Cambodia have always made great efforts to develop the fine bilateral relations and comprehensive cooperation, the Cambodian legislative said.
Cambodia and Vietnam have signed an agreement on land borderline and boosted economic development based on respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity, the Cambodian official said.