From 10-14 December, the Norwegian President of the Mine Ban Treaty, H.E. Ambassador Hans Brattskar made an official visit to Thailand and Cambodia.
During the visit, Mr Brattskar met with Thai and Cambodian mine action authorities and organisations, visited demining operations and met with landmine survivors.
Land mines and other explosive remnants of war still pose a great danger to civilians in many countries, and both Thailand and Cambodia have taken important measures to clear their land of mines, according to the Norwegian Embassy in Bangkok.
Norway was handed the presidency of the Mine Ban Treaty on 30 November 2018.
The Mine Ban Treaty was adopted in Oslo on 18 September 1997. Since the treaty was adopted, 164 states parties have joined, 53 million stockpiled mines have been destroyed, and vast areas have been successfully cleared and released to local communities.
Norway has been supporting mine action for 25 years and is one of the top five donors to global mine action. In Vietnam and Laos, Norway has been supporting mine action through Norwegian People´s Aid.