Cambodia Affirms to be Ready to Assist ARMAC in UXO Issue

Cambodia has affirmed its readiness to continue helping the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre (ARMAC) in solving the unexploded ordnance (UXO) issue in the region.

The affirmation was made here this morning by H.E. Prak Sokhonn, Senior Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation at the signing ceremony of Agreement between the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia and ARMAC on Hosting and Granting Privileges and Immunities to the ARMAC.

The Cambodian top diplomat expressed his conviction that after the signing, ARMAC will play a more important role in coordinating with relevant parties in setting aside resources and carrying out activities to rescue the people's lives in the region and beyond.

The Agreement was inked by H.E. Prak Sokhonn and Singapore Ambassador to Cambodia H.E. Michael Tan, in his capacity as Chairman of the Steering Committee of ARMAC.

According to the press release of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, this Agreement is the key legal instrument that embodies the Kingdom of Cambodia's commitment and support to ARMAC, as the host country to the ARMAC Headquarters. It sets out the duties and responsibilities of the parties as well as the privileges and immunities, granted by the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia to ARMAC to enable it to perform its functions and operations effectively.

The establishment of ARMAC Headquarters in Cambodia was the initiative of Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, during the country's Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2012. ARMAC is currently serving as a leading centre of excellence in mine action to assist interested ASEAN Member States in research, knowledge sharing and raising awareness of the effects of explosive remnants of war (ERW) and encourage efforts to address them.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press