ASEAN Countries Discuss with Development Partners to Solve Regional Mine Issues

A three-day Regional Workshop on Enhance Mine Action Knowledge and Promote Future Platforms for Mine Action Knowledge Sharing for ASEAN Member States kicked off in Siem Reap provincial city yesterday.

Organised by the ASEAN Regional Mine Action Centre (ARMAC) whose headquarters is in Phnom Penh and supported by the Government of Canada, the workshop attracted about 100 participants from the ten ASEAN member countries, development partners and mine action organisations.

The workshop focused on main topics related to strategies to strengthen assistance to people with disability due to landmines, methods for mine risk education, positive impacts of mine clearance and assistance to disabled people on socio-economic development, gender mainstreaming in mine action, and importance of international cooperation frameworks to boost partnership at international arenas to effectively solve common issues caused by landmines, according to Mr. Ly Panharith, Executive Director of ARMAC.

There will also be a study tour at the Peace Museum of Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) to learn more about mine history in Cambodia and the country's efforts in reducing the harmful effects of landmines, as well as a show on the use of dogs, mice and other tools in mine clearance operation.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press