A senior Cambodian official has reiterated that the Kingdom’s hosting of the Ottawa landmine convention review conference in November next year reflects its commitment – and the dedication of the international community and partners – to making the world safe and free from landmines.

Ly Thuch, first vice-president of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), attended an event hosted by Australian ambassador Justin Whyatt at his official residence on December 12, where he gave a presentation about the Kingdom’s plans as chair of the conference.

“I explained to the attendees that Cambodia’s election as chair of the Ottawa Convention is a clear sign of appreciation of the government’s efforts to resolve the landmine issue, as well as a testament to our ability to host such a significant event,” he said in a social media post on December 12.

Cambodia is the first Asian country to hold the position and will host the Fifth Review Conference in Siem Reap province. Up to 700 participants from around 200 member states to the convention are expected to attend.

Thuch said that as both chair and host, Cambodia will be responsible for hosting five regular commission meetings, and coordinating several other events.

“To successfully host and chair the next 2024 Ottawa Convention event, Prime Minister Hun Manet has called for the support of all friends of Cambodia, development partners and all relevant stakeholders. We need to remain committed to our goals,” he added.