Germany Gives Another US$1.37 Million for Cambodia's Mine Clearance
WEDNESDAY, 10 FEBRUARY 2010 08:33 DAP-NEWS/ EK MADRA
PHNOM PENH, Feb. 10 - German announced $1.37 million on Wednesday for the Cambodia's demining project in two provinces for this year, the release said of the signing note.
It was singed by Cambodia's deputy minister for foreign affairs Ouch Borith and German ambassador Frank M. Mann.
The money will be managed by Cambodia Mine Action Group (CMAG), which has been financed by Germany since 1999, to demine the explosive materials in Siem Reap and Oddar Meanchey, said the release.
The German commitment to humanitarian demining has been demonstrated by approximately US$214 million which the Federal Government has granted to 42 mine affected countries so far, said the release by the German embassy.
In total German tax payers have supported demining worldwide by granting more than US$ 300 million since 1992 which brings Germany on the top of the list of donors for mine action, it said.
In view of the magnitude of the problem of mines and unexploded ordnances left over from decades of civil war and armed conflicts Cambodia has always been of high priority for Germany.
Since 1994 some US$17.5 million have been granted thus far, exclusively for the support of local demining activities.
Germany will continue to support the demining platoons through this year to support the Cambodian mobile teams to respond to emergency requests and three Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams.
Last December, Belgium gave 550,360 euros for Cambodia's landmine clearance.
A UK-based Mines Advisory Group (MAG) announced late Friday to provide 550,360 euros for Cambodia to clear mines in two provinces for period of two years.
MAG, which has been helped Cambodia to clear the explosive devices since 1992, said the money will be spent for the clearing mines and Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) in northwestern provinces of Battambang and Pailin where reporting the highest numbers of mine/UXO casualties in this former war-torn nation.
Cambodia is one of the world's most heavily landmines and unexploded ordnance buried of between 4-6 million, which remained from its 30 years of civil war and killed an estimated 60,000 people since 1992 many of them are children.
Cambodia continues to have one of the highest landmine casualty rates in the world, as a result of heavy mine laid over almost three decades of conflict.
Belgium has long taken an interest in dealing with landmines and other ordnance, becoming the first country to ban anti-personnel landmines in 1995 and also the first country to ban cluster munitions in 2006.
Belgium started supporting landmine clearance in the 1990's and is now also funding physical rehabilitation centers and prevention activities in Cambodia.
This financial support and previous development activities supported by Belgium in the sectors of health and education, showed the commitment of the Belgian government towards development in Cambodia.
The Belgian government also supports MAG's work in Iraq, Colombia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.