Japan and Cambodia Unite for Global Demining Effort

PHNOM PENH / TOKYO – In a historic move, Japan’s Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa announced a groundbreaking joint initiative with Cambodia to extend their expertise in land mine removal to nations worldwide, with a special focus on aiding Ukraine amidst its ongoing conflict. This collaboration marks a significant step in global humanitarian efforts, showcasing a shared commitment to peace and safety.

During her visit to the Cambodian Mine Action Center, a pivotal institution established in the aftermath of Cambodia’s civil war, Minister Kamikawa highlighted Cambodia’s remarkable progress in mine clearance. The country’s journey from a mine-afflicted nation to a global leader in mine action is a testament to its resilience and dedication. Japan’s consistent support in this endeavor since the civil war has been instrumental in the success of these operations.

The expertise of Cambodian deminers is unparalleled, honed by years of experience and international missions under the United Nations. Their skills are now being passed on to Ukrainian personnel, who face the daunting task of clearing mines in a landscape scarred by years of invasion. The upcoming provision of a large demining machine by Japan, coupled with comprehensive training programs in Cambodia, is poised to make a substantial impact on Ukraine’s demining efforts.

Cambodia is trying to deal with an estimated 4 to 6 million landmines and other unexploded munitions scattered across the country.

This partnership is not just about sharing technology and knowledge; it’s a symbol of solidarity. The Japan-Cambodia Landmine Initiative stands as a beacon of hope for countries grappling with the lethal legacy of wars. (zai)