India Gifts Canines For Mine Clearance

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The Cambodia Mine Action Center uses dogs to detect landmines for clearance. KT/Chor Sokunthea

The Indian government has given 15 dogs to the Kingdom along with a promise to train personnel to work with the furry friends on mine-clearance projects, according to an official press release.
 
The news came after a meeting between Foreign Minister Prak Sokhon and Indian Ambassador to Cambodia Naveen Srivastava yesterday.
 
Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said Mr. Sokhon expressed his appreciation for the bilateral approach to Cambodia’s mine-clearance work.
 
Director-general of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces’ National Center for Peacekeeping Forces, Mine and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance, Sem Sovanny, said he was happy for the Indian government’s gift, adding that he was in the midst of an application to claim the 15 dogs.
 
“It is important to receive mine-detection dogs because we can do our job better to clean up mines in Cambodia and on UN peacekeeping missions,” Mr. Sovanny said. “A detection dog is a type of dog trained to use its smell to detect substances such as explosives or illegal drugs,” he added.
 
During yesterday’s meeting, Mr. Sokhon also discussed direct flights between Cambodia and India with the ambassador, as well as the use of $4 million in aid to repair the Preah Vihear temple later this year.
 
The two also touched on the development of water resources in Kampong Speu province as well as a concessional loan to install an electrical wire running between Kratie and Stung Treng.

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