Cambodia bolsters mine clearance ranks by 2,000

With international support, the country plans to be free of land mines by 2025.

Cambodia will bolster its demining force by 2,000 men and women and deploy a broad strategy to clear the country of all land mines and unexploded ordnance by 2025 with the backing of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Switzerland and the United States are backing the effort with extra funds to help train and kit out 2,000 soldiers from the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces.

Just under half of the contaminated land — 1,893 square kilometers — has been cleared of explosive remnants of war since deminers were first deployed in 1994, clearing land for agriculture and dramatically reducing casualty rates.

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