Mine Action Authority Receives More Demining Equipment from China

Cambodia Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) has received more demining support equipment from the People's Republic of China.

Senior Minister and CMAA First Vice President H.E. Ly Thuch and Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Wang Wentian co-chaired the official handover ceremony of the equipment at CMAA office here in Phnom Penh recently.

The donated demining support equipment includes four minibuses, ten motorbikes, 40 mine detection equipment, five drones, 115 exploding initiators, 40 demining suits, 40 demining helmets, 1,000 sets of worker uniforms, and beyond.

H.E. Wang Wentian expressed his optimism that the support materials will be useful for demining operations in Cambodia and contribute to clearing the silent killers from the Kingdom's soil.

On behalf of the Royal Government of Cambodia, H.E. Ly Thuch thanked the Government and people of China for the continuing support since 2005, which is a very timely, to Cambodia as well as his team.

Since 1979, 880 square kilometres or about 55 percent of land surface with landmines in Cambodia have been cleared.

As of now, around 2,148 square kilometres of Cambodia's territory still have mines and explosive remnants of war, and the Kingdom needs about US$354 million to get rid of them and makes mine-free Cambodia by 2025.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press