Landmines, UXO and demining

Gov’t commits to removing UXO by 2025

Cambodia has declared that it is committed to clearing all anti-personnel landmines by 2025, despite challenges that lie ahead, but its leaders say this target can only be reached with the full participation of all stakeholders and the continuous support of its development partners. Prime Minister ...

Niem Chheng

Japan pledges to aid demining work until 2023

The Japan Mine Action Service yesterday pledged its continued support for demining action until 2023, when the Kingdom aims to be mine-free. Nakano Masahito, its technical adviser, said at a press briefing at the Japanese Embassy that JMAS will work hard to help clear landmines and ...

Khy Sovuthy

Less US funding for UXO clearing

The United States has warned Cambodia it may have to shoulder more responsibility for the cost of clearing mines from its territory, ending an era in which Washington has carried the bulk of the cost of removing mines and other explosives after the Vietnam War ...

Government postpones meet with US on demining

The Cambodia Mine Action and Victims Assistance Authority has abruptly postponed a UN- and US-supported conference scheduled for next Monday. The conference to present of the Draft National Mine Action Strategy 2017-2025 was set to take place at Phnom Penh’s Sunway Hotel. The postponement follows ...

Experts to inspect bombsites found in Luang Prabang

Experts in unexploded ordnance (UXO) will begin to survey areas in Luang Prabang province after three large unexploded bombs were found there last week. The devices are large-scale bombs of the type MK-250, weighing approximately 250 lbs and dropped in the province during the Indochina ...

Massive land area awaiting UXO clearance

Much work remains to be done in Laos to remove unexploded ordnance (UXO), which continues to be a huge threat to human life and an obstacle to development. Representatives from the government and development partners spoke about this persistent scourge at an event held in ...

Farmer loses leg in landmine explosion

A farmer in Preah Vihear province was seriously injured on Saturday when he stepped on an old landmine as he attempted to cross the border into Thailand to go logging rosewood.​ Police said the incident happened at about 10am in Choam Khsan district. The victim was ...

EU launches call for proposals to support UXO clearance

The European Union has made available 2.4 million euros to be spent on projects that implement activities to support the removal of unexploded ordnance (UXO) in Laos. The EU is calling for project proposals that are designed to reduce the number of UXO casualties, to ...

UXO explodes killing one, injuring 12

A buried bombie exploded on March 21 in Paek district, Xieng Khuang province, killing one child and injuring five adults and seven other children, officials have said. Three people were seriously injured and are undergoing surgery in the provincial hospital to remove the shrapnel. One ...

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 ...

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