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Canada Contributes C$360,000 to Support Siem Reap-Angkor Summit for a Mine-Free World at the 2024 Ottawa Convention

PHNOM PENH: Canada has pledged C$360,000 (approximately US$266,000) to facilitate the Fifth Review Meeting, also known as the Siem Reap-Angkor Summit, aimed at promoting a mine-free world. This significant meeting, part of the Ottawa Convention that bans the use of anti-personnel mines, will see Cambodia as the proud chair and host in 2024.

The commitment was highlighted during a meeting on February 20, 2024, between Alan Bowman, Director General for Southeast Asia and Oceania at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development of Canada, and Senior Minister Ly Thuch, First Vice President of the Mines Authority and Chairman of the Ottawa Convention 2024.

During this engagement, Bowman commended Cambodia for its comprehensive progress and noteworthy achievements in clearing landmines and explosive remnants of war. He also extended his congratulations on Cambodia's upcoming chairmanship and hosting responsibilities for the 2024 Ottawa Convention, alongside offering support for the summit's successful execution.

Expressing gratitude on behalf of Prime Minister Hun Manet and the Mines Authority, Dr. Ly Thuch thanked the Canadian government and its citizens for their generous support towards Cambodia's development and the humanitarian mine action initiatives within the country. This backing is crucial for the upcoming Siem Reap-Angkor Summit, which aspires to advance the vision of a mine-free world.

Senior Minister Ly Thuch reassured the Canadian official of the Cambodian Royal Government's unwavering commitment, under Prime Minister Hun Manet's leadership, to the eradication of landmines and explosive remnants of war. This initiative is part of a broader, visionary strategy aimed at resolving mine action issues by the year 2025.

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