Cambodia: 2,000 troops to help in demining

A total of 2,000 members of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF) will be deployed as part of humanitarian demining efforts throughout a five-year period until 2025.

According to the Phnom Penh Post, Prime Minister Hun Sen had authorised the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) 2020-2025 for access to funds to be used for the deployment.

A letter from Hun Sen, made available to the Post, said mines, cluster bombs and explosive remnants of war had not only maimed and killed citizens, but also posed obstacles to rehabilitation, the development of families’ livelihoods and the economy.

To boost demining operations in accordance with the “Mine-Free Cambodia” strategic plan, Hun Sen said the government decided to make a 10 per cent contribution to all new projects for humanitarian demining in a bilateral or multilateral manner.

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Source: New Straits Times