ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre’s Headquarters Inaugurated

The headquarters of ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre (ARMAC) in Phnom Penh was inaugurated on May 25 under the presidency of Cambodian Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation H.E. Prak Sokhonn.

The Cambodian top diplomat expressed congratulations to the inauguration of ARMAC's headquarters and briefed the participants on mine and UXO issue in Cambodia.

The almost-three-decade civil wars left Cambodia with 4 to 6 million landmines and some 0.5 million tons of UXOs, which constitute a main obstacle for the country's socio-economic development, he said.

The Royal Government of Cambodia has established Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) with support and coordination from the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) to conduct mine clearance throughout the country, added H.E. Prak Sokhonn.

As a result, he pointed out, from 1992 to 2016, some 1,461 square kilometers of land have been saved from landmines and UXOs. By 2025, about 1,545 of the remaining 1,640 square kilometers of mine-affected land areas are expected to be cleared with an estimated financial need of around US$338.5 million.

Source: AKP