Donor community will continue supporting Cambodia in mine clearance through Clearing for Result-Mine Action for Human Development project in order to end threats posed by landmines by 2025.
The continued support was underlined by Senior Minister and First Vice President of Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA) H.E. Ly Thuch, after a board meeting of Clearing for Results Phase IV (CFR-4), held via Videoconference this morning.
Representatives of the Ministry of Economy and Finance, donor countries and development partners including the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Australia, the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), and New Zealand attended the virtual meeting.
H.E. Ly Thuch expressed his gratitude to the donor community for their continued contribution with the Royal Government of Cambodia in the US$20 million CFR-4 project for six years, from 2020 to 2025.
The senior minister also informed the meeting about the efforts and attention of the Royal Government of Cambodia to the preparation of Mine Free Village Guideline, which will be piloted in Kep province, and the result will be presented in the CFR’s board meeting later this year before launching the project nationwide.
Besides the donors in the CFR-4, Cambodia’s mine clearance efforts have been also supported by other donors such as the U.S, the United Kingdom, Japan, Norway, China, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, UNDP and UNICEF as well as Civil Society Fund and philanthropists.
As of June this year, Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) destroyed 1,103,192 anti-personnel mines, 25,603 anti-tank mines, and 2,909,764 explosive remnants, thus clearing 2,221 square kilometres of mine-contaminated area and benefiting 3,335,686 households. The Kingdom’s goal is to become a mine-free nation by 2025.
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press