Norwegian People Aid grants $1.6 million for cluster munition clearance in Cambodia

Rune Kristian Dale-Andresen (L), NPA country director for Cambodia, and Heng Ratana, director general of CMAC with, sign an MoU for cluster munition clearance on Friday 9 April. CMAC

Norwegian People Aid (NPA), the Labour Movement’s Humanitarian Solidarity Organization has granted $1.6 million for cluster munition clearance and surveys in Cambodia, Khmer Times writes.

The grant for the project “for cluster munitions remnants survey and clearance in eastern Cambodia” was implemented with a signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Cambodia Mine Action Center (CMAC) and Norwegian People Aid on Friday 9 April.

The project is set to a one-year period which began on March 1 this year and according to Heng Ratana, director-general of CMAC, the MoU will facilitate the clearance of 23.7 square kilometers of land contaminated with cluster munitions and survey over 35 square kilometers. Last year’s project with the same amount of funding cleared over 31 square kilometers of landmine contaminated areas, as well as found and destroyed 11,108 cluster munitions and explosive remnants of war.

Norwegian People Aid has been cooperating with CMAC since 1992 to remove threats of landmines and explosive remnants of war, returning hope, and rebuilding a prosperous future for Cambodians.

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