The Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) and Japan Mine Action Services (JMAS) on February 24 signed a partnership and cooperation agreement with funding of more than $710,000 to support reconstruction projects in areas which had been cleared of landmines.
The agreement was signed by CMAC director-general Heng Ratana and JMAS executive director in Cambodia Yoshioka Yoshito at the CMAC headquarters in Phnom Penh.
“This funding will be used to support the development of mine-free areas in Banteay Meanchey province, and community development of areas which has been cleared of cluster bomb munitions in Stung Treng province,” CMAC said.
CMAC plans to deploy over 100 deminers in three target districts of Banteay Meachey – O’Chrou, Svay Chek and Malai – and three districts of Stung Treng – Sesan, Siem Pang and Stung Treng town.
CMAC plans to clear 1,200ha of land littered with cluster bombs, and 400ha of mine fields in these two provinces.