Cambodian Need Nearly USD 27 million to Clear Landmine in 2012

Cambodia need at least USD 26.7 million to achieve to 2012 targets, the Deputy Secretary General of Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority of Cambodia Mr. Prum Sophak Monkol this morning said this morning. Speaking at the Eleventh Meeting of the States Parties (11MSP) of the Anti-Personnel Mine Ban Convention, this morning, there are  total of 1,048.5 Km2 will require further survey and clearance by 2012.

According to the baseline survey’s result show that 795.2 km2 are suspected of containing anti-personnel landmines, while 30.9 km2 are suspected of containing only anti-tank landmines, he said at the third day of the.

Furthermore, 222.3km2 of land are suspected of containing explosive remnants of war, while 56km2 contain no verifiable mine threat, he said.

The highest contaminated provinces are Battambang, and Banteay Meanchey, two northwestern provinces; and Preah Vihear, northern province of Cambodia, respectively 321 km2 , 252.2 Km2, and 229.2 km2 of suspected mine/ERW, he added.

Since 1992 –Sept 2011, Cambodia cleared a total of 707,409,614 contaminated areas, found and destroyed 921,668 anti-personnel mine, 21,437 anti tank mines, and 2,161,407 UXO.

Last year Cambodian Mine Action Sector raised USD 23.3 million for mine clearance.

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