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    • andy
      *I have posted this in the review section due to being a readers letter in the Phnom Penh Post, to me it just shows how easy it is too forget whom was to help,   and work, training and donations from peoples concerns for many years beforehand. It could even be seen as modern day propaganda    Mines: The ‘underground devil’   Reader's Letter | Publication date 20 June 2019 | 10:37 ICT   Mines are an evil spirit continuing to take human lives. According to incomplete statistics, there are more than 110 million landmines deployed in more than 70 countries around the world. Every year more than 20,000 people are killed or injured by them. Some are still left behind from World War II. The whereabouts of many mines are not clearly known, with them posing an invisible lethal threat. It is said that it is hidden landmines, rather than collapsed houses and ruined bridges, that constitute the scars of war hardest to erase. Mines are still an obstacle to Cambodia’s national development. Over the past 40 years, landmines have killed or wounded more than 50,000 Cambodian people, with more than 30 cases last year. I remember one article about a family of three living in the suburbs of Phnom Penh. The husband gets up every day at 4am and runs 8km. When the sun rises, he puts on his artificial leg and starts a new day. His wife also lost her right leg more than 10 years ago when she stepped on a landmine. Every time I hear about a mine incident, this story always comes to my mind, and I feel so sad for the misery of the families concerned. Encouragingly, the Cambodian government has made significant progress. Since 1992, the Kingdom has put mine clearance high on its agenda and made great strides. Since 1992, Cambodia has found and destroyed 3.8 million landmines as well as other unexploded ordnance (UXO), with the number of victims decreasing year by year. Large areas of land ridden with mines have been cleared and given back to the people. This has laid the foundations for the post-war restoration and economic development of Cambodia. China’s mine action ‘starts again’ According to the “National Mine Action Strategy 2018-2025”, Cambodia will complete mine clearance by 2025. This clearly demonstrates the commitment of the Cambodian government to mine clearance and the guiding principles of security, with the welfare of the people as its priority. Chinese people follow an ancient philosophy: “When in distress, we need to develop ourselves. When in success, we must bring benefits to the world.” Helping each other is a traditional Chinese virtue. China was also affected by mines. The border areas of Yunnan and Guangxi provinces once had many landmines and other UXO. In order to develop these areas and to improve people’s livelihoods, China has since the 1990s carried out three large-scale mine clearance activities, and currently the danger has almost been cleared. These activities have helped China accumulate experience in mine clearance, and attests to the safety, reliability and practicability of China’s mine clearance technology and equipment. To assist other countries plagued by landmines, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced a series of significant measures to support and strengthen UN peacekeeping actions at the 2015 UN peacekeeping summit. These included 10 mine clearance assistance programmes in five years. Even before President Xi’s announcement, China had always actively participated in international cooperation in humanitarian mine clearance, providing assistance to developing countries lacking the capability to solve their serious mine problems and helping them achieve sustainable development. Since 1998, China has been providing humanitarian assistance in mine clearance every year through organising technical training, sending experts for on-site guidance and providing equipment, etc. A new era of cooperation Statistics show that up to the present, China has trained nearly 1,000 experts in mine clearance in more than 40 countries in Africa, Latin America and Asia – including Cambodia. As a good brother and partner, Cambodia is a priority partner of China’s mine clearance aid and cooperation. Mine clearance cooperation between China and Cambodia is an important part of the two countries’ comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation, and an important task for me as the Chinese Ambassador. With the attention of leaders of the two countries, both sides have deepened cooperation in mine clearance in recent years. The Chinese government, military and civil society have continued to strengthen support to the Kingdom and assist the Cambodian government in saving people’s lives and developing the national economy through organising training programmes, as well providing mine clearance equipment and human-itarian aid, among others. The Chinese government will continue to provide selfless and honest assistance to Cambodia, and share with Cambodia without reservation its technologies and experience in mine clearance. It is not only a reflection of the commitment of China to safeguard world peace and develop humanitarianism, but also a testimony of the China-Cambodia friendship. In 2019, the Chinese government will provide Cambodia with five million yuan worth of mine clearance equipment and humanitarian supplies, and train another 40 Cambodians to carry out mine clearance and humanitarian aid. This is not only an important measure to implement the consensus of the two countries’ leaders, but also a solemn commitment by China to help Cambodia eliminate its mine threat – saving lives and reclaiming homes. As the old Chinese saying goes: “When brothers are of the same mind, they have the power to cut through metal.” I believe, under the joint efforts of China and Cambodia, sad stories of mine accidents should never happen again in the near future. The bilateral relationship and the com-munity with a shared future between China and Cambodia will surely move forward steadily. HE Wang Wentian is the Chinese Ambassador to Cambodia.   *Lets go back a little and have a few facts.   CMAC removes China UXO found in Battambang Khouth Sophak Chakrya | Publication date 24 November 2017 | 07:53 ICT   A Cambodian Mine Action Centre (CMAC) team of experts yesterday successfully removed two unexploded anti-tank mines discovered by rat hunters in Battambang province on Wednesday, police said. Song Sopheak, police chief in Phnom Proek district, said the hunters discovered the mines while digging a hole on their farmland in Buor commune. “Both mines are anti-tank mines,” he said. “They are legacies of the war between the Phnom Penh government troops and Khmer Rouge troops during 1980s.” CMAC yesterday dispatched a team of experts to clear the mines, and transported them to the provincial CMAC Unit 2 location. Sun Samphors, leader of the CMAC mobile team based in Battambang province, said that removing the mines had been an especially dangerous task because they could have easily exploded, given that they were stacked on top of each other and were only 40 centimetres underground.   “Both mines are [TM-46] anti-tank mines made in China,” he added. Most of the unexploded ordnance found along the Cambodia-Thailand border was made in China and Russia, Samphors said.   Meanwhile, the US Embassy on Wednesday announced it has opened the bidding process for a one-year grant worth $2 million to survey and clear unexploded ordnance in eastern Cambodia for the 2018-2019 fiscal year.  
    • John_Galt
      At least they let the gamblers go. I doubt it is good for tourism to arrest everyone at a casino.  Though probably wouldn't happen at the larger casinos. 
    • andy
      Sorry was unable to translate the remainder of the above post. It also seems a little misleading with the title being a casino! different circumstances I would say. Looks like they are having problems of a different nature, and probably no one wants to address this one.       Drugs raid at Poipet fishing site Khorn Savi | Publication date 20 June 2019 | 08:44 ICT     Poipet municipal authorities have decided to shut down a fishing site in Poipet town after it was found to have been used as a location to deal and use drugs. More than 140 people tested for illegal substances there on Tuesday. The suspects were sent to Banteay Meanchey Provincial Police headquarters for questioning on June 18. Poipet town police chief Thin Sindeth told The Post on Wednesday that the authorities raided the site and found 140 drug users. He said they would be sent to a rehabilitation centre for treatment after questioning was completed, while a drug dealer and four of his employees would be sent to the court. “After we conducted the tests, we only allowed about half a dozen people to return home because they were not drug addicts, while those who were taken in for questioning at the headquarters are already addicts,” Sindeth said. The area around the fishing site has long been inhabited by homeless people living in an anarchic manner alongside the railway tracks, he said. Until recently, there was a large-scale distribution of drugs in the area, Sindeth said, until the authorities took action to “unrelentingly” clamp down on the illegal activities and rearrange the site. Subsequently, the authorities became aware that the drug dealers had stopped selling openly and moved into the fishing site. On Tuesday, the authorities launched a crackdown, in collaboration with the provincial court prosecutor, seizing five packets of methamphetamine, 54 pills and one ecstasy tablet, he said. “The addicts who were brought in for questioning confessed that they have been buying drugs from the fishing site for a long time,” Sindeth said. He said the authorities have so far been unable to locate the owner of the site, but an investigation is still ongoing. Poipet town governor Keat Hul said the site is located next to Lucky Casino but was unsure if it was involved with the casino. Provincial police chief Ath Khem could not be reached by for comment on Wednesday. Sum Chankea, the provincial coordinator for rights groups Adhoc, said that even though more than a hundred drug users were arrested, drug use would not be eradicated until the dealers and ringleaders were brought to justice. “They have made these arrests but it’s not going to solve the problem. The producers are still out there and there are still numerous other users,” Chankea said. https://www.phnompenhpost.com/national/drugs-raid-poipet-fishing-site          
    • dicey eye
      Environment FEATURED Latest Traffic  Japan Provides More Buses for Capital June 19, 2019 cne 0 Comments japan, Phnom Penh, public buses Phnom Penh: The Government of Japan provided 80 public buses on the morning of June 19, 2018, as a grant from the Japanese Government to Phnom Penh Capital Hall. The handover ceremony took place at the inauguration of the bus terminal in Prek Tara Ror village, Sangkat Prek Ta Sek, Khan Chroy Changva, and was presided over by HE Governor Khoung Sreng and the Japanese Ambassador to Cambodia. Between 20,000 to 30,000 people use the buses per day, and 235 public buses travel on 13 routes.
    • dicey eye
      Crime FEATURED Latest  155 Arrests in Poipet Casino Drug Raid June 19, 2019 cne 0 Comments casino, drugs raid, poipet Banteay Meanchey: Police force raided a casino and made 155 arrests and confiscated drug evidence. Many were sent to the Banteay Meanchey police station for legal action. Colonel Thun Sinndet, police chief of Poipet City, told media on the morning of June 19 that provincial and municipal police raided ‘Lucky Star’ casino in Poipet town. He said that the operation started at 3:30 pm on June 18 continued until late into the night. Confiscated evidence included methamphetamine Yama pills, white powder, meth (ice), and MDMA type pills. The large group of suspects are currently tied up outside the provincial police station awaiting processing and further interrogation. https://kohsantepheapdaily.com.kh/article/867860.html  
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