Germany has approved about $570,000 in additional aid for demining operations in the country for the remainder of the year, bringing its total contributing for 2018 to about $1.7 million.
According to a statement from the German embassy, the German government granted the addition aid to the Halo Trust demining organisation earlier this week.
German Ambassador to Cambodia Ingo Karsten said that mines are an agonising legacy that continue to impeded the Kingdom’s development.
“We – the Royal Government and international partners – need to step up our efforts to achieve the goal to declare Cambodia mine-free by 2025,” he said. “Germany is committed to continue supporting mine clearance activities in the country toward this goal.”
The statement added that almost 300 deminers are clearing minefields under the support of the German government, and more than 100,000 Cambodians have received benefits from the work since 2015.
The German-funded demining work has taken place in Kampong Speu, Oddar Meanchey, Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, Pailin, Preah Vihear and Pursat provinces.
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