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Over 62,000 Cambodians Impacted by Landmines, Senior Mine Authority Official Reports

Phnom Penh, April 4, 2024: Dr. Ly Thuch, Senior Minister in Charge of Special Missions and First Vice President of the Cambodian Mine Authority, today addressed students at Angkor University in Siem Reap Province with a powerful lecture titled "Mine Action in Cambodia."

During his talk, Dr. Ly Thuch reflected on Cambodia's harrowing history with landmines, recounting the country's journey from being war-torn to achieving national unity and peace under the leadership of Samdech Techo Hun Sen, the former Prime Minister. He emphasized that this hard-won peace has been crucial for initiating mine action and fostering national development.

Dr. Thuch shared sobering statistics: from 1979 to date, landmines have affected 65,043 Cambodians, resulting in 19,822 deaths and 36,130 injuries, leaving 9,091 individuals with disabilities. These figures underscore the devastating impact of landmines on the nation's populace.

The strides made in demining, Dr. Thuch noted, have been possible due to the concerted efforts and visionary guidance of the Royal Government of Cambodia, with the support of international partners and stakeholders, coordinated by the Mines Authority. This collaborative approach has significantly contributed to Cambodia's demining efforts, especially as the nation enjoys the dividends of peace.

Dr. Thuch highlighted the critical importance of peace for the Cambodian people's freedom from the scourge of landmines and explosive remnants of war. He urged all Cambodians, particularly the youth, to work together to preserve this peace.

Looking ahead, Cambodia is set to host the Siem Reap Angkor Summit on a Mine-Free World in November 2024. The summit is expected to bring together more than 160 countries to exchange insights and experiences in mine action, including victim rescue efforts.

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