Yet another Cambodian province bids farewell to landmines

Govt is confident it will declare the whole nation landmine-free by next year.

More than half of Cambodia’s 24 provinces have been declared landmine-free with the government of Prime Minister Hun Manet confident that the entire Southeast Asian nation will finally be cleared of explosive remnants of war (ERWs) by a 2025 deadline.

North-eastern Kratie province — a major battlefield in Cambodia’s 32-year civil war — became the latest province on March 26 to be declared free of ERWs where deminers have destroyed about 60,000 ERWs since 2003, which were endangering nearly 400,000 people over 133 square km.

“It is a historic day for the people in Kratie, as they are now free from the threat of landmines,” Ly Thuch, vice-president of the state-run Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), said in a speech reported in the Khmer media.

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