Kampong Cham has become another mine-free province under the Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen’s Project for Mine Action (STP-MA) themed “Providing Safe Ground, Creating smiles”.
The Declaration of Kampong Cham as a Mine-Free Province took place in the provincial city yesterday under the presidency of H.E. Hun Manith, Deputy Director of Prime Minister Hun Sen's Cabinet and Director General of the Defence Ministry’s Intelligence General Department.
Kampong Cham is the 7th mine-free provinces in Cambodia, said H.E. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister and First Vice President of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), adding that the other six include the provinces of Stung Treng, Kep, Prey Veng, Preah Sihanouk and Thbong Khmum, and Phnom Penh capital,
Four other provinces – Kampong Chhnang, Svay Rieng, Takeo, and Kampot will be declared mine-free before the Khmer Traditional New Year in April.
As of December 2022, a total of more than 46.2 square kilometres of land area suspected of landmines and unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Kampong Cham province, equivalent to 349 minefields, has been cleared, destroying 1,406 anti-personnel landmines, 142 anti-tank mines and 63,574 UXO by two operators including the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) and the National Centre for Peacekeeping Forces, Mine Clearance and Explosive Remnants of War Clearance (NPMEC).
Source: Agency Kampuchea Press