I am writing to praise the article "From coup to casinos: the forgotten frontier
of Oddar Meanchey" (Phnom Penh Post July 6th - 19th). Erin Moriarty obviously
researched her subject well.
During 2001 The HALO Trust has cleared 742 mines and returned 1,006,470 sq metres
of demined land in Oddar Meanchey Province. The number of mines cleared reported
as "about 40 cleared this year" in the article is incorrect and misleading.
I feel it is important that the work conducted by The HALO Trust, MAG, CMAC and The
RCAF under the regulatory body CMAA is not underestimated and that the terrible problem
caused by landmines is a finite one for the people of Cambodia.
- Programme Manager, the HALO Trust