Swiss commit $6 million to demining

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The Swiss government will provide $6 million for demining work in Cambodia from next year to 2025, which is the year the Kingdom targets to become mine-free.

Ly Thuch, Cambodian Mine Action Authority vice president, met with Lars Buechler, a representative of Swiss Development and Cooperation, in Cambodia today morning to discuss demining Cambodia.

“Mr Lars said that Switzerland will continue to provide a budget of $6 million to the mine action sector from 2020 to 2025 in support of the royal government of Cambodia‘s strong commitment to have Cambodia mine free by 2025,” Mr Thuch posted on his Facebook page.

“On behalf of Samdech Techo, the Prime Minister and President of CMAA, I express profound thanks and appreciation to the Swiss government and its people for their significant contributions to Cambodia’s development in particular to the mine action sector,” he added.

He said that during yesterday’s meeting, Mr Lars praised the government on the country’s rapid development and progress, and said that Switzerland will continue its support for the government in its effort to reduce poverty.

“From 2013 to this year, Switzerland has committed over $7 million to mine action,” Mr Thuch noted.

He said that donor countries in the mine sector include Japan, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, England, Germany, China, the United States, Ireland, Norway, South Korea, UNDP, Unicef and other private humanitarian organisations.

Full story in Friday’s paper


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