CMAC’s Demining Training for Ukrainian Officials Kicks Off

The Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) kick-started a demining training course for mine action officers of Ukraine at the CMAC Technical Institute in Kampong Chhnang province.

The opening ceremony was held on Jan. 16 under the presidency of H.E. Heng Ratana, Director General of CMAC.

The training course on Demining Technologies for State Emergency Services of Ukraine (SESU) is supported by the Government of Japan through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), CMAC said.

Besides the week-long training, Ukraine demining officers will visit demining stations in Battambang and Siem Reap provinces.

The training is part of the humanitarian mine action in Ukraine resulted from the joint commitment between Samdech Akka Moha Sena Padei Techo Hun Sen, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and Prime Minister of Japan, H.E. Kishida Fumio, in their bilateral meeting during the 2022 ASEAN Summits and Related Summits.

CMAC stated that landmines and unexploded ordnance have caused civilian casualties and are becoming an obstacle for the people of Ukraine, and that clearing efforts require time for safety and well-being of the people of Ukraine.

Cambodia has gone through decades of war, leaving millions of landmines and unexploded ordnance strewn across the country.

Through the experience and the pain due to the effects of war, which has left millions of landmines and unexploded ordnance, the Royal Government of Cambodia considers that cooperation in the field of mine action is important to help the country and people of Ukraine who are suffering from war like Cambodia more than 30 years ago.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press