Italy is set to contribute €100,000 to the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre (ARMAC)’s operation.
This was said by ARMAC in a press release by quoting a letter of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the Kingdom of Cambodia to the centre.
The contribution is part of Italy’s initiatives aimed at developing a closer and more structured relationship with ASEAN and its member states, and takes place in the context of Italy’s long-standing engagement in humanitarian mine action, it added.
“Italy’s benevolent gesture will support ARMAC to continue assisting the ASEAN Member States (AMS) to tackle landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) issues in the region,” the same source pointed out.
In accordance with the ASEAN Leaders’ recognition of the presence of landmines and ERW as a threat to people’s safety and socio-economic development in the region, ARMAC was established to serve as a centre of excellence under the ASEAN Security Cooperation to encourage efforts to address these humanitarian problems for interested AMS.
Since 2018, the centre has assisted the AMS to collectively tackle the humanitarian aspects of landmines and ERW through an integrated approach of experiences sharing, skills training and other capacity building activities.
ARMAC has enhanced cooperation within and between AMS and relevant institutions to enhance awareness programs on the dangers of ERW among affected communities, facilitate appropriate medical and rehabilitation assistance for victims of ERW, upon request from the affected ASEAN member states, and assist interested ASEAN Member States (AMS) in research and knowledge sharing on the effects of ERW and efforts to address them, including through writing proposals for technical assistance projects and funding, at their specific and individual request. Phal Sophanith – AKP