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Cambodia removes about 3 million mines, unexploded ordnances in 2 decades

PHNOM PENH, Dec. 21 (Xinhua) — Cambodia has removed and destroyed some 3 million mines and unexploded ordnances in the last two decades and the country will completely eliminate landmines in the next 10 years, a senior official said Friday.

Heng Ratana, director general of Cambodian Mine Action Center ( CMAC), said that since 1992 to date, the center has cleared some 2. 5 million mines and unexploded ordnances and the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces and non-governmental organizations have removed about 500,000 mines.

“We set the target to clear all types of landmines from Cambodia in the next 10 years,” he said, adding that to realize this goal, the country needs an estimated 30 million U.S. dollars a year.

The Southeast Asian nation is one of the world’s worst countries affected by mines as the result of almost three decades of war and internal conflicts from the mid-1960s until the end of 1998.

The five most mine-laid provinces are Battambang, Banteay Meanchey, Oddar Meanchey, Pailin and Preah Vihear.

According to the record of Cambodian Mine and Explosive Remnants of War Victim Information System, from 1979 to Oct. 2012, landmines had killed 19,660 people and injured or amputated 44,519 others.

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