Landmines, UXO and demining

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 ...

Man unearths 227kg bomb in Ratanakkiri

An excavator operator was lucky to escape with his life on Monday evening after striking a 1970s-era Mk-82 bomb while digging in Ratanakkiri province’s Lumphat district. Chum Touch, police chief of Lbaing I commune, where the unexploded ordnance was found, said the excavator had unearthed ...

Four people killed in UXO-related accidents over 10 months

Four people have died and 11people have been injured in UXO-related accidents from January to October 2016, according to a report from the Lao National Unexploded Ordnance Programme (UXO Lao). The report was disclosed on November 25 at UXO Lao’s annual meeting to summarise their work ...

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