Demining team and their sniffer dogs ready for a mission to Israel

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A team of Cambodian mine clearance experts and sniffer dogs will depart for Israel this week as part of a four-month mission to assist with removing mines and unexploded ordnance.
 
The group of 23 officers and 12 dogs from the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) are due to leave at some point between today and Sunday.
 
CMAC director-general Heng Ratana told Khmer Times three officers and two dogs had visited the country last year to assess the possibility of assisting demining efforts at the request of Israel’s defense minister.
 
“We are now ready to carry out the work,” Mr. Ratana said. “It will be a four-month mission.”
 
He said the Cambodian team is honored to be invited to work in the country.
 
“We are proud that we have the specialist ability to do this work,” Mr. Ratana said.
 
“It is also an opportunity to show how capable and well-trained our sniffer dogs are.”
 
He declined to comment on whether CMAC officers would also be working with peacekeeping troops to carry out demining work in African countries such as South Sudan in future.
 
Mr. Ratana said the CMAC team will miss celebrating with their families over Khmer New Year, but said the visit was an important example of cooperation with the government of a foreign country.

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