US consul general appreciates cooperation by Indian govt, IAF

Last Updated: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 23:37

Itanagar: The cooperation of the Indian
government, IAF and the state government with US defense teams
searching for remains of US fighter plane pilots
missing-in-action during World War II in Arunchal Pradesh was
today appreciated by US Consul General Beth A Payne.

The searches under the Joint POW/missing-in-action
Accounting Command are being conducted in different parts of
Arunachal Pradesh as a humanitarian mission to retrieve
remains of pilots of hundreds of US fighter aircraft missing
during World War II which carried supplies to the allied

"No remains have so far been found, but we will
continue the search as we are committed to inform families
still waiting to know about the fate of their relatives and US
military cannot leave their men behind no matter that they
have been missing for over 60 years," Payne told mediapersons

She said similar searches were being made in several
other countries including Vietnam and the government there was
cooperating as it was a humanitarian mission.

She also said that US considered the project of
restoring ancient manuscripts in Tawang monastery as a
wonderful one, but for the present it was not funding it.

"We say it is a wonderful project. We are not
considering funding it under our cultural programme for the
present. But who knows what will happen tomorrow," she said.


First Published: Thursday, February 25, 2010 - 23:37

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