As Cambodia observes National Mine Awareness Day on February 24, Ly Thuch, Senior Minister and First Vice-President of the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority (CMAA), called for public participation to eradicate the tragedies caused by landmines, cluster bombs and UXO in Cambodia.

Speaking at a ceremonial event to observe the day, Thuch expressed his regret over those who lost their lives and became disabled or separated from their families due to mines and UXOs.

“We must be united to eradicate all tragedy and suffering caused by landmines, cluster bombs and UXO in Cambodia and the world. Education can reduce the danger posed by landmines and UXOs and is a task for all of us,” he said.

He added that educational activities to reduce the dangers posed by landmines, cluster bombs and UXOs remain important as they are still posing risks and having negative impacts on communities.

He said that National Mine Awareness Day serves as a motivator to eradicate landmines and reiterate the nation’s commitment to end the threat posed by landmines and UXO.

The day was also used as an appeal to countries that produce landmines and cluster bombs to stop this business and an appeal to consumer countries to stop buying them.