Cambodia Optimistic to Clear All Anti-personnel Mines by 2025

Cambodia is optimistic to clear all anti-personnel mines and save 80 percent of prioritised land areas from cluster bombs by 2025.

The optimism was shown in a two-day National Mine Action Conference which kicked off here yesterday at the Peace Palace under the presidency of Permanent Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Bin Chhin, Acting Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers, with the participation of some 500 people.

To achieve this target, active support from all relevant parties are indispensable.

According to a report released on the occasion, after more than 25 years (1992-2017) of demining operation, Cambodia has cleared some 1,700 square kilometres of affected land and destroyed 1.25 million mines and 2.7 million explosive remnants of war.

In total, it pointed out, 64,688 people have been killed and injured due to mines and UXOs during this period. The number of casualties has seen a decrease from 4,320 per year in 1996 to an annual average of some 100 in the last five years.

Despite the efforts, there are still 2,000 square kilometres of land left to be cleared, added the report.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press