NPA and CMAC signs cooperation to clear minefields in Cambodia

CMAC and NPA officials signed the cooperation. Rasmei News

Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) and the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) have signed cooperation to clear land mines in Kep and make it the first mine-free province in Cambodia.

Khmer Times writes that the cooperation agreement was signed on 29 November by President of Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) Cambodia, Randall Andersonthe, and Director General of CMAC, Heng Ratana at the CMAC Headquarters in Phnom Penh.

The Cambodian province of Kep currently has eight minefields which measure a total of 90 hectares and the project of clearing the mines is estimated to take four months. 

According to CMAC Director Heng Ratana, the mine action center is ambitious to continue the task of clearing mine-affected areas and turning Kep into the first mine-free province. In addition, CMAC also aims to clear minefields in other provinces such as Kampot, Takeo, Kampong Speu, Preah Sihanouk, and Koh Kong one after another starting from 2022 onwards, the Director said.

The goal is to end the threat of anti-personnel landmines by the end of 2025 and CMAC continues to implement the Royal Government’s National Strategic Plan in collaboration with the Mine Authority and development partners, Director Heng Ratana added. 

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