New search for Vietnam MIAs

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The Independent Online
HANOI (AFP) - Vietnamese and US experts are to launch a new joint search for Americans listed as missing in action (MIAs) during the Vietnam war, the Vietnam News Agency said yesterday. This latest MIA operation - the 19th of its kind - is to start on 20 August.

An official said that Vietnam would hand over the presumed remains of an unspecified number of MIAs to American officials at Hanoi airport today. The Pentagon says 1,657 US soldiers are still listed as missing. A resolution of the MIA issue is Washington's main precondition for the normalisation of relations with Hanoi.