Kep province was declared the first Cambodian province without anti personal landmine, according to H.E. Ly Thuch, Cambodian Senior Minister and First Vice President of Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA).

Speaking in an official ceremony to declare the province’s mine-free status on Feb. 28 at Kep province, H.E. Ly Thuch deeply appreciated the effort of concerned provincial authorities to reach the achievement.

He also expressed his gratitude to the people and governments of Norway and Hungary as well as other development partners and Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) for their support to the Royal Government of Cambodia both financially and technically to clear landmine in Kep province.

Cambodia is committed to declare mine-free status for Phnom Penh capital and the provinces of Prey Veng, Kandal, Kampong Cham, Preah Sihanouk, Rattanakiri, and Takeo in the near future.

According to CMAC Director General H.E. Heng Ratana, CMAC has cleared all 28 minefields, found and destroyed over 700 AP landmines and 601 unexploded ordinances in Kep province.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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