Prime Minister Hun Sen has released an additional $30 million from the government's coffers and earmarked it for demining operations.
The funds will be added to the $18,473,570 million which has already been donated by King Norodom Sihamoni, Queen Mother Norodom Monineath Sihanouk and various philanthropists.
In a December 1 social media post, the premier said that in order to ensure that Cambodia will be free of mines by 2025, he had consulted with Minister of Economy and Finance Aun Pornmoniroth and decided to immediately release the $30 million.
“A portion of the national budget comes from development partners, and was always intended for use in 2023. For 2024 and 2025, the Cambodian Mine Action and Victim Assistance Authority [CMAA] should work with the ministry to prepare an annual budget,” he suggested.
“By the year 2025, Cambodia will be free of landmines, thanks to the Samdech Techo Mine Action Project [STP-MA], under its theme of “Providing safe ground, creating smiles,” he said in reference to the fundraising drive he initiated on July 4 this year in a bid to reach the goal of a mine-free Cambodia by 2025.
“I appeal to all donors to continue to give as much as possible, according to their ability. May 2025 be the year we are finally free of casualties, and the end of 55 years of suffering,” he concluded.