New Leadership of Mine Authority Committed to Complete Mission by 2025

Under newly appointed leadership, the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority is committed to mobilise necessary resources to clear all landmines in the country by 2025.

The commitment was delivered by H.E. Ly Thuch during an official appointment ceremony of his new role as the authority's First Vice President recently under the chairmanship of H.E. Bin Chhin, Permanent Deputy Prime Minister and Acting Minister in charge of the Office of the Council of Ministers, here in Phnom Penh.

Thanks to the support from countries such as Australia, Japan and the United States, Cambodia has get rid of landmines from a land surface of 1,600 square kilometres, there are remaining landmines in areas of about 2,000 square kilometres.

According to an estimation shared by H.E. Ly Thuch, Cambodia will need around US$406 million to detect the remaining of the killers.

While acknowledging heroic and humanitarian mission of the authority as well as its staff, H.E. Bin Chhin encouraged them to further promote their effective services.

Countries mentioned and China are also supporting current activities of Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority to as much as possible avoid more casualties by and minimise unfortunate effects of the war's remains.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press