The National Police handed over almost 12,000 fire arms to Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) on Friday (March 1); the weapons are to be destroyed.
Sek Phoumi, deputy chief of the National Police, said that the ceremony is part of the Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation between the National Police Commission and the CMAC on Reducing Mine Risk and Explosive Remnants of War from June 21, 2018.
“The 11,915 … inoperative weapons were kept in National Police warehouses at Prek Pra and are being handed over to the CMAC for destruction.” Further weapons, still kept in provincial police stations, will soon be given to the CMAC.
Heng Ratana, director general of the CMAC, said that it will receive thousands of weapons from provincial police commissioners and destroy them. This shows that the government and his people love peace and are committed to strengthen the rule of law.
“Some of the weapons … will go on exhibit at the Peace Museum of Mine Action [Siem Reap] for the next generation to see, and learn about violence and the tragedy of the war in the Kingdom.”
Cambodia destroyed 3,855 weapons in 1998 at the National Olympic Stadium, and 5,112 in Kandal province in 2006. In 54 such actions nationwide a total of 212,735 fire arms were demolished.
Mr Ratana is sure that “The CMAC and the National Police will continue to closely work together to reduce the dangers of landmines and explosive remnants of war to the communities, to the benefit of our people’s safety and happiness.”
Over the past 27 years the CMAC has found and destroyed almost 3 million unexploded ordnances, and nearly 100 tons of small arms. As a result the number of deaths caused by unexploded remnants in the last eight years has fallen from 200 to 58.