Cambodia: UXO clearance needs more funds, equipment, expertise

Underwater operations to clear unexploded ordnance (UXO) from a warship sunk in on a warship in Prey Veng province’s Koh Chek are being stifled through a lack of professional manpower, modern equipment, and funds.

Senior Minister Ly Thuch, who is the first vice-president of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), said yesterday that the government’s focus on humanitarian demining is to clear unexploded bombs (UXBs), and explosive remnants of war (ERW) on land because such explosive weapons on land are more dangerous than UXOs under the water.

“However, the government will neither allow unexploded ordnance to remain on land or in the water. The government, through the CMAA, has developed a clear action plan that is divided into stages over time to meet the target of making Cambodia mine-free by 2025,” he said.

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Source: Khmer Times