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 UXOs until the Kingdom achieves its target.

“Our goal is to help Cambodia until it becomes mine-free because we want to see Cambodian people happy when we leave,” he said.

Suenaga Noriyoshi, JMAS resident representative, yesterday said the NGO, which is mainly composed of former Japanese military officers, was established in 2001.

He said that in July 2002, JMAS had signed a cooperation agreement with CMAC and started demining activities in Prey Veng province.

“Major activities of JMAS included transferring of mine action techniques to CMAC, disposing of landmines by using various machines and providing mine-risk education to the local population, including children,” Mr Suenaga said.

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