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South Korea repatriates war dead to China, 60 years on

Published on Mar 17, 2014 6:32 PM

PAJU, South Korea (AFP) - South Korea began to prepare the remains of 437 Chinese soldiers killed in the Korean War for repatriation on Monday, more than 60 years after the conflict ended.

Military forensic officers placed the remains in dark brown coffins after a ceremony watched by Chinese officials and South Korean army Brigadier General Moon Sang-Gyu at a temporary charnel house in Paju just south of the border with North Korea.

The move will be the first such return of Chinese soldiers' remains since the three-year war ended in 1953.

"It will take about two weeks to place all the remains in coffins and complete preparations for repatriation," a defence ministry spokesman said.

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