Landmines, UXO and de-mining

Australia praises Cambodia on refugees

An Australian government minister on March 16 praised Cambodia for taking in refugees from the island nation of Nauru, according to Foreign Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry. Mr. Sounry spoke to the media after private talks between Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn and Australia’s International Development Minister Concetta Fierravanti-Wells. He ...

US bombs recovered from Tonle Sap lake

A team of divers from the Cambodian Mine Action Center has recovered two large bombs dropped from US planes into Tonle Sap lake in Kampong Chhnang province. Heng Ratana, the director-general of the center, said the two 500-pound US-made MK82 aircraft bombs were found by his ...

Old mines destroyed in Pursat

More than 100 landmines and unexploded ordnance were destroyed on February 21 by deminers in Pursat province’s Veal Veng district. District police officer Solie Mesa told Khmer Times on February 23 that a large variety of dangerous material had been found and destroyed. “All those found were remnants of ...

Laos, European Union make milestone in cooperation

Laos and the European Union have reached a new milestone in regards to bilateral ties, with the eighth meeting of the Joint Commission of Laos and the EU taking place in Vientiane last Friday to discuss further cooperation. The meeting was co-presided over by the ...

Help clear mines, Canada urged

Cambodia has asked Canada to consider resuming aid for demining. Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn made the request when he met Canadian ambassador Donica Pottie, who is based in Bangkok, at the Foreign Ministry on February 16. Canada’s development aid for Cambodia, including assistance on demining, ended ...

Cambodia seeks demining aid

Cambodia has asked Belgium to help it get rid of wartime mines and unexploded ordnance, still a cause of injuries and deaths. Ouch Borith, a secretary of state at the Foreign Ministry, spoke of the request after Foreign Minister Prak Sokhonn met Belgian Ambassador to ...

Workers prepare ground for Laos-China railway

The construction of workers’ camps for the Laos-China railway is under way in Luang Namtha province but there is much to be done before work on the railway itself can begin. There are now 200 or 300 Chinese workers in the camps, but they are ...

Mine clearance death probed

Authorities have launched an investigation into how one deminer was killed and another was seriously injured during an operation in Pailin province. Provincial police chief Brigadier General Chea Chandin said the explosion happened in a forested area at about 7am on Friday. Halo Trust deminer Loeung Reaksmey, ...

Kayin landmine scare sparks tourism fears

A tripwire triggered landmine set off on January 4 and believed to be a remnant of recent skirmishes that subsided in November, has injured two and sent shockwaves through the Kayin State tourism industry, as well as buttressed displaced residents fears that it is still ...

Heavy landmine contamination in eastern Myanmar: report

Myanmar continues to produce, stockpile and use landmines, with more new casualties reported every year, according to newly published data from the Landmine & Cluster Munition Monitor. Both state and non-state armed groups employ landmines, with the eastern edge of the country particularly affected.​ Kayin ...

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