Ieng Mouly Set for Third Term as CMAC Head Chairman

Pledging to “concentrate my whole heart and my whole soul to the demining of the country,” Ieng Mouly said Wednesday that he will be appointed to a third term as chairman of the Cambo­dian Mine Action Center.

“It is not official, but privately, from the mouth of Second Prime Minister [Hun Sen]; I am told he will recommend me,” Ieng Mou­ly said.

Ieng Mouly was first appointed to CMAC in 1993, as director and chairman. Since 1995 he has served as chairman of the semi-autonomous group.

“Now I have more time to focus on demining. I will work more for mobilization of resour­ces both from abroad and within,” said the founder of the Bud­dhist Liberal Party. His party failed to win any Assembly seats in the recent election.

Ieng Mouly said Cambodian ratification of the International Treaty to Ban Landmines leads his list of goals. He also will lobby the National As­sembly for a law to ban land mines. A draft of the law was ap­proved by the Council of Minis­ters last year, but was not voted on in the Assembly.

“If we want to preserve our dignity, we have to show the world that what we say, we do,” Ieng Mouly said.

CMAC hopes to end land mine casualties, the third-most common cause of death in Cam­bodia, in four years. When it was founded in 1992, 600 people were in­jured or killed by land mines each month. After six years of demining and education, there are 150 injuries a month, he said.

Ieng Mouly said he wants to upgrade the demining technology, but added, “The best technology we have” is CMAC’s 3,000 deminers in the field.



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