CMAA appeals for public support for demining activities

Ly Thuch, prime minister and first vice president of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), said that 7 out of 13 communes in Phnom Sruoch district, Kampong Speu province, will be cleared in November. CMAA

Ly Thuch, Chief Minister and First Vice President of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), said the vision of a landmine-free Cambodia by 2025 could be achieved. if the general public would join the government in making it possible.

Thuch made the remarks on August 12 while accepting a $10,000 donation from SOMA Group to the Samdech Techo Foundation.

“A landmine-free Cambodia by 2025 is possible if we all participate,” he said, thanking SOMA Group for its donation, which he said would contribute to sustainable development through mine clearance activities.

Cham Kransa, CEO of Soma Group, said his company decided to make the donation following calls from Prime Minister Hun Sen.

She said she expected the landmine-free vision to be achieved according to plan.

Separately, CMAA said 7 out of 13 townships in Phnom Sruoch district, Kampong Speu province, will be demined in November as part of the Prime Minister’s “Providing Safe Ground, Creating Smiles” project.

The CMAA and the army began demining in the seven communes earlier this month and the project is expected to last until November, a period of four months. The action will cover 6.55 km² in Chambak, Kraing Deivay, Maha Saing, O’Prey Romduol, Taing Samrong and Taing Sya. There are 64 minefields to clear.

Thuch said Kampong Speu has a total of 406 minefields, covering a total of 45,657,491 square meters. The province is expected to be completely cleansed by 2023.

Phno Sruoch is the most mined district in the province, with 69% of the mined land in the province. There are 235 minefields in the district, covering 31,502 m².

Sara H. Byrd