Phnom Penh (FN), Jul. 7 – Japanese Foreign Minister Kamikawa Yoko visited the Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) on 6 July 2024.

The foreign minister underlined that the core of humanitarian mine action is, above all, the development of human resources. In order to utilise the technology and equipment safely, training of personnel based on thorough safety management is necessary. In providing these supports, it is also essential to involve a wide range of relevant stakeholders, making use of the technologies and know-how of the private sector and the knowledge of academia.

She added that Japan will continue to provide assistance in each of the phases of humanitarian mine action including mine risk education, mine detection and clearance, and victim assistance.

For his part, Director General of CMAC Heng Ratana underlined that the visit and the announcement of the new Japan-Cambodia cooperation strategy will prioritise a long-term vision to help mine victims and address war remnants. This initiative aims to protect the safety of the general population worldwide, including the Cambodian people, especially those affected by landmines and remnants of war in Cambodia.