The government has contributed more than $110 million toward mine clearance operations, management of mine action institutions and through tax exemptions on demining equipment over the last 10 years.
Ly Thuch, senior minister and first vice president of Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority, today disclosed this when presiding over an event to mark International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action at the Cambodia-Korea Cooperation Centre in Phnom Penh.
“I am delighted and honoured to attend the International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action this year under the theme of Raising Mine/Explosive Remnants of War Awareness for Peace, Stability and Resilience in ASEAN through Youth Participation,” he said. “Even though Cambodia is still struggling with our own mine and ERW problems, we are giving support to the international community.”
Cambodia has released 1,823 square kilometres of contaminated land for productive use and brought down the number of casualties from its pinnacle of 4,320 people in 1996 to 58 people in 2018 – thanks to the relentless concerted efforts of all mine action stakeholders.
Full story in Friday’s paper