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 in 2002. Foreign Ministry spokesman Chum Sounry said that despite Cambodian government efforts to clear mines and unexploded ordnance, the main challenge was a lack of funds to continue the work. “During the meeting, the minister called on Canada to help Cambodia on demining operations,” Mr. Sounry said.

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