A flight of 279 Amerasian children and relatives arrived Thursday from Vietnam, bringing to more than 12,300 the number the United States has taken for resettlement since 1982, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said.
The flight arrived in Bangkok from Ho Chi Minh City, called Saigon when it was the capital of the U.S.-backed South Vietnam government, said spokesman Ross Petzing. A flight of 334 Amerasians and relatives, the largest ever, landed here on Aug. 22, he said.The Amerasians were fathered by U.S. servicemen and civilians during the war, which ended with the communist North Vietnamese victory in April 1975. They have been emigrating to the United States under the U.N.-sponsored Orderly Departure Program since September 1982.
Most of the children stay in Bangkok for a few days before going to a U.S. refugee processing center in the Philippines for English-language training and orientation to life in the United States.
Progress on humanitarian issues has been hampered by the lack of diplomatic relations between the United States and Vietnam.
Official Radio Hanoi said Tuesday that Vietnam's Foreign Minister Nguyen Co Thach has told the United States that major differences prevented resumption of talks on U.S. resettlement of thousands of people who were detained in "re-education camps" because of their ties to the Americans during the Vietnam War.
But Thach also announced that Vietnam was resuming joint efforts to find the remains of nearly 1,800 Americans listed as missing in action, or MIA, in the war.