China Provides Mine Clearance Assistance for Cambodia
AKP Phnom Penh, January 19, 2021 --
The Republic of China has donated US$1 million equipment for mine action in Cambodia.
The hand-over ceremony took place here this morning under the presidency of H.E. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister and First Vice President of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) and H.E. Wang Wentian, Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia.
The humanitarian assistance includes 8 pick-up vehicles, 130 demining detectors, 100 demining toolkits, 20 EOD toolkits, 10 personal protective equipment, 4 unmanned aerial vehicles, 500 uniforms, hats and boots, and 500 tents.
On behalf of Samdech Techo Prime Minister and CMAA President, H.E. Ly Thuch extended his appreciation and gratitude to China for the donation which would contribute to the achievement of the National Mine Action Strategy 2018-2025.
For his part, H.E. Wang Wentian noticed that despite the hard time of COVID-19 pandemic, the mine clearance activities in Cambodia continue. The Chinese government is committed to assist the Royal Government of Cambodia through financial and material support, and human resource training, to achieve the Kingdom’s mine-free goal in 2025, he underlined.
Besides China, Cambodia has also gained support from the U.S., Australia, England, Japan, Norway, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, New Zealand, South Korea, Ireland, UNDP, and UNICEF as well as other organisations on mine clearance activities.
Last year, Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) destroyed almost 40,000 landmines and UXOs, thus clearing over 9,200 hectares of mine-contaminated areas or 115 percent of the yearly plan.
(Photo: El Vattanac)
By Chea Vannak