HA NOI — Deputy head of the Army's Engineering Command Phan Duc Tuan expressed hope for assistance in training Vietnamese experts to clear mines and bombs during a working session with a delegation of foreign military attaches in Viet Nam yesterday.
Head of the delegation, French Defence Attche Didier Oustric, affirmed that they would find ways to support Viet Nam and called upon governments and international organisations to continue providing effective assistance to deal with this issue.
All 63 provinces and cities of Viet Nam are still contaminated by explosive remnants of war with a total affected area of 66,000sq.km, equivalent to 20.12 per cent of the country's total area.
An estimated 800,000 tonnes of explosives remain in Viet Nam at present, mainly in the six central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue and Quang Ngai.
At the current pace of work, it would take Viet Nam around US$10 billion and more than 100 years to clear all bombs, mines and other types of unexploded ordnance left by wars. — VNS